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El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Grants
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves
Traveler Description: El Malpais National Monument is a fascinating and terrifying place. Some of the terrain in the monument is incredibly difficult to hike across. But... more »
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Spent the day here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The park I did find, however, was slightly hard to navigate. The way the roads are set up can make getting between different places of the park a little challenging. Firstly, Malpais has three different information centers. If you want to do the El Calderon trail, which is a nice 3 mi... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We saw a short article in a magazine about a specific hike in the monument and it piqued our interest. We're staying in ABQ and thought this would be a nice day trip. First - stop at the Visitors Center in Grant. They have descriptions of about 9 different tours - some of these are short and some are likely... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

El Malpais is to the west of Albuquerque, NM along IS-40. The issue is it is a vast land with great scope of trekking and walks... I decided to combine this with the El Morro monument. We approached along the west border (exit 81, I think) and took a hike along 2 mile stretch and saw the sink holes and... More

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Boulder, CO
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This place needs some determination to get to. It is well worth it. There are hikes ranging from 1.25 miles to 20 and more, if you can make it. The scenery is most unusual, sandstone and laval beds (sturdy hiking shoes are a must!)

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Any time I pass through New Mexico on I-40 I MUST veer off the interstate and take an hour on the top of the sandstone bluffs overlooking the lava flows. I discovered this spot by accident when I got curious upon seeing the sign on 40. Wanted to catch one last sight in NM. As if I already knew where... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

When visiting Albuquerque (my husband was in conferences all day) I decided to explore! What an amazing opportunity! Highly recommend traveling around the area but you'll need a few hours, at least. I wish I'd had more time but I had to be back for an obligation. The sandstone bluffs were breathtaking and it was so peaceful and quiet there... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

El Mapais means "the badlands", but it is beautiful. A couple friends and I hiked the Narrows Rim trail, which runs along the top of the mesa overlooking the lava flows. The trail is about 4 miles each way, and the far end overlooks the La Ventana arch. The views are spectacular, the hike is not too arduous, and we... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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129 reviews 129 reviews
50 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The volcanic terrain in the area is most unique and to experience the area you must get out and take a walk. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes as the lava can be very sharp and be sure to bring drinking water, If your time is limited, the Sandstone Bluffs Overlook is a quick and easy stop with breath-taking views,... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Climb the sandstone cliffs overlooking the valley of the great lava flows with a view of Mount Taylor in the distance. great experience.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Absolutely fell in love with the views, hiking, and natural beauty of this place. Malpais is an absolute treasure and I'm so glad I was able to spend two days exploring the many adventure it has to offer. Loved the lava flows, as this is scenery I never get to see at home. Can't say that any of it wasn't... More

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