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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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So much to see in this awesome national park

So many trails with so many geologic attractions to see. The hike of the lava falls was unbelievable and so educational. The cliff area provided spectacular views. Abundant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

So many trails with so many geologic attractions to see. The hike of the lava falls was unbelievable and so educational. The cliff area provided spectacular views. Abundant wildlife to view. We were in the Grants area for 4 days and could have used several more to really enjoy it all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We only did part of El Malpais. The park is on two different sides of Grants. We hiked the west side. I think the east side might be more interesting. The rangers were really helpful

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marietta GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

lots to like here as you drive into grants NM from teh south. on one side is the impressive black lava flows - 20 feet thick. on the right is the impressive sandstone bluffs with their sheer cliffs, and the ventanna arch. almost dont know which way to look. views are impressive from the sandstone bluffs overlook - great perspective... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This was my first time caving. We did Junction Cave at the El Calderon area. If you plan to go make sure to check to see if the caves are open. You must stop at one of the 2 visitor centers and get a permit. The staff was very helpful with information about the caves, park and area. After we... More 

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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I have visited El Malpais National Monument every year for the past fifteen years. Like a second home when I worked for the Park Service near the Four corners. ELMA especially interesting to those interested in geology and volcanology. I especially enjoy the solitude, the quiet, and the easy traveling in late Spring and Summer. Weather is almost always beautiful... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Nice area with relatively few people around which makes the hiking and scenery more enjoyable. The information center had plenty of info on other area sites too.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

El Malpais (Badlands) is a great day trip in the Grants to Zuni area. We recommend taking the Hwy 117, though the Hwy 53 route is also interesting. On Hwy 117 there is a very interesting visitor center which explains area history, geology etc. Once into the monument area you can get great panoramas at Sandstone Bluff overlook, walk on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We just went to the visitors center and enquired about the caves and though it was interesting, we could not go because it was too hot and we had no time. We were driving from el marro and had to drive further to reach the destination. We could sit in the park and had our lunch. Nice place, worth visiitng... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Free access to the caves and lava tubes was appreciated. The distance to area was further than we liked. With the rough condition of the dirt roads it takes an hour to get to the big tubes area in a Toyota Camry. We would not have been able to make it if the road was wet! The cave was impressive

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Huntington, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We called before we left NY to ask about hiking to the caves. We were assured Junction Cave was open, but when we got there were told it would be closed for two more weeks due to hibernating bats. We were prepared with helmets and lights so we went down the dirt road to another cave....pretty grueling hiking over the... More 

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Address: Address: Grants, NM
Phone Number: 505-876-2783
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Grants

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