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El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM
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Ranked #1 of 10 Attractions in Grants
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves
Traveler Description: El Malpais National Monument is a fascinating place. Some of the terrain in the monument is incredibly difficult to hike across. But you will see... more »
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I had never heard of this complex (monument, conservation area, wilderness areas), but it is the real deal: a vast lava flow, gorgeous sandstone cliffs, and extensive grasslands. We visited after a moist Monsoon season and the wildflowers alone made it worth our efforts.

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Selinsgrove
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We stumbled upon this site, and wow what a fantastic view. We traveled down the long road, which has fantastic rock formations. Then went to the top , which had amazing views! We were completely alone, atop of all the rocks, just looking at in amazement! I had the best day ever as I had not seen anything like it... More

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Evanston
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We were not equipped to hike in the volcanic tubes but the ranger was very helpful in advising us what we needed to have to save our heads and hands. She alerted to a program at El Morro that evening and loaned us a flashlight for the hike.

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Philadelphia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

East part of the monument is better. take exit 89 at I-40 go south. Stop by visit center around 8 miles south of exit. It has great panaroma view back there.

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Bradford
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The views, the history, (yes, and in America too!) and the enthusiasm of the rangers all coupled together to make this place a really great visit.

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Oceanside, California, USA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There are 3 Visitor's Centers- Bureau of Land Management (117, Exit 89) has the best one with a pertinent movie, great museum artifacts & friendly staff. We drove to the Ventana Arch, but the other sites were on gravel roads inaccessible to us. The second is the New Mexico Visitor's Center at Exit 85. The third is the NPS Visitor's... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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237 reviews 237 reviews
147 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This "5" rating is given because the lone park ranger there was very personable and nice to chat with, and very helpful in getting us to our next destination. We did not enter the monument proper because it is for hiking only and we weren't on a hiking-type of vacation. After reading other visitors' reviews, I wish we had been... More

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Beecher, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

beautiful scenery. If you walk to the El Caldera cinder cone, the walk up is the same way down; the path is all cinders and somewhat difficult and slippery

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Cleburne, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We weren't planning to stop here, but after noticing the lava right off the highway, we turned into the National Monument site. The visitor's center is a few miles off the highway, but has a lot of information about the area. Never walked on a lava flow before...pretty cool!

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

On a recent trip out west with my girls, we detoured off the interstate to drive through the El Malpais National Monument. We thought it would be a pretty drive and a little bit of a change of scenery. What we found was an interesting area that I was completely unaware of. Grants Lava Flow about 32 miles long and... More

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