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El Malpais National Monument

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Address: , Grants, NM
Phone Number: 505-876-2783
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Description: National monument with spectacular scenery.

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Caving and Anchient Lava flows

Had a wonderful time exploring the caves and seeing ancient lava and the shell of a volcano, the black stone everywhere makes for an alien landscape a very unique almost surreal... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Horseheads, New York
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Horseheads, New York
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful time exploring the caves and seeing ancient lava and the shell of a volcano, the black stone everywhere makes for an alien landscape a very unique almost surreal place to visit!

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Quemado, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This little gem is 50 minutes west of Albuquerque, off of Exit 89 I40. There are several spots along this road for scenic views. Just an unbelievably beautiful area. All free. Its perfect to get out of Albuquerque for a day and along the way, see Acoma pueblo, El Malpais national monuments and even inscription rock all in a day.... More 

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One of our required stops for our vacation. After Utah it was nice to see the volcanic fields for a change.

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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is a beautiful, mysterious area. Take time to visit the visitor's center and the nature walk. We also went into the lava tubes, We would like to make this a destination instead of on the way between Arizona and Oklahoma.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I could not get enough of this place or enough pictures!!!! The views all the way there are amazing!!! It is well worth the trip and if I lived near by I would visit this place frecuently!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Hwy 117 is a must scenic drive. We hiked the trail at Lava Falls. Very interesting, but watch your feet at all times. Lots of crevices, holes and your are walking on lava. The Ventana Arch and Sandstone Bluff overlook were two of the most scenic places.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Went on a aug. Sunday afternoon almost no one here. Reminded me of a combination of zion and arches with lava flows.

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Nanyang, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This national monument is one of my favorite hiking spots in New Mexico. The Narrows hiking trail is rocky, relatively flat, and curves though tall pines and mountain mahogany shrubs as it stretches along beautiful cliffs. It is about 4 miles to the overlook over La Ventana Arch, 8 miles round trip. It rained three days in a row during... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

El Malpais National Monument has a lot to offer for both the experienced and novice hikers and tourists. The scenery is beautiful and the hiking is great for all levels of experience. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this great part of the American National Parks system.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Great ranger station, they helped us get the most out of our visit to the El Malpais area. Interesting contrast between lava flows and sandstone cliffs, with great views and trails to hike.

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