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El Malpais National Monument

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

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We didn't do much but driving around because it was so cold and windy. We stopped in a few spots, overlook. Nothing to see from Sandstone Bluffs as super cloudy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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177 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We didn't do much but driving around because it was so cold and windy. We stopped in a few spots, overlook. Nothing to see from Sandstone Bluffs as super cloudy.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went up several times to do short hikes and photography. Spectacular scenery. Be sure and stop at the ranger station for information on conditions of roads etc.

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Who'd've expected to find ancient lava fields in New Mexico? Someone who paid attention in geology, probably, but I sure didn't. We visited the El Calderon area and hiked the lava tube trails. They were really pretty and well-maintained, and you got to see some pretty gorgeous scenery. Looked a lot like the land around Petroglyph over in Albuquerque.

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Brevard, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Making the drive from Flagstaff to Albuquerque, we made a 15 minute diversion each way to see the views from Sandstone Bluffs, which provide excellent views of the distant mountains, including Mt. Taylor of the lava filled canyon of Mal Pais National Park.

Thank wvlivingston
Atlanta, Georgia
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Few Americans even realize this place exists - one of the largest lava flows in North America. It's a nice, quick stop off if you are making the scenic drive from Alamogordo to Santa Fe.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Rift Valley Extrusive Volcanics par excellence - in your backyard! Similarities to E African Rift volcanic centres in N Kenya & S Ethiopia Appreciate the scale...since the entire, broad valley is covered by a variety of black vesicular basalts which flowed magnificently just 1,300 yrs or so ago...that's almost like 'yesterday' and must have been a big surprise to the... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This was an enjoyable park to visit. Until planning our trip, I had not heard of it. Some of the highlights are trails across old lava flows and walks into old lava tubes.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I was surprised to find this geologic wonder off of I-40 south of Grants, NM. Drive down the road and take in the incredible views of ancient lava flows between the sandstone borders. Several pull-off points are well worth the effort...Sand Bluff overlook and Ventana arch to name a few.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

It is a very large public land area and would be good for hikers wanting to overnight camp. We did a 4 mile hike to a overlook and cinder cone and there were many lava tubes along the way. It is along the road to El Morrow NM and a nice stop to do some longer hiking.

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Milford, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

El Malpais National Monument covers an expansive area most of it difficult to access. Taking NM Rt. 117 South from Exit 89 on I-40 allows one a taste of this wild and rugged park. Rt. 117 follows along the eastern boundary of the national monument and Conservation Area. At approximately 9 miles is located the El Malpais Ranger Station/Visitor Center... More 

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