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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Apache Junction, Arizona
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Black moonscape. Very interesting and just as much fun figuring out shapes as watching the clouds!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Headed here from El Morro Ntl. Mon. on Hwy 53. We stopped off at the NPS Information Centre for information on the El Calderon Area, where the Ranger told us all we needed to know. Just a short drive further on, we pulled into the car park. Make sure you have plenty water, and good walking shoes/boots, as the trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

An amazing park that includes numerous hiking trails, amazing views, and "strange" landscapes not familiar to most (long-cooled lava flows covering a HUGE area). Beautiful rock formations, amazing drive & an excellent road to boot!

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My wife and I visited El Malpais National Monument during a business trip and quickly realized that we had not left ourselves enough time to truly enjoy this volcanic wonderland. When we explained our time limitation to the Park Ranger at the NPS Information Center on Route 53, she suggested driving along Route 117 along the eastern side of El... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

El Malpais ("The Badlands") is a relatively new National Monument that protects a scenic volcanic landscape created 2000-3000 years ago. It's located about 10 miles south of Interstate 40, near Grants, NM. Roads and trail heads are open sunrise-sunset. Admission to this park is FREE. A visitor center for Northwest New Mexico is located at I-40 exit 85 (daily 8am-5pm,... More 

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henderson, Nv
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We visited the El Calderon area and hiked past Junction cave and Double Sinks. It was too warm to go farther but a good trail and not too much altitude gain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

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

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