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El Malpais National Monument

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Address: Grants, NM
Description: National monument with spectacular scenery.

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Nice scenery

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.

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

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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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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Bengaluru
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

El Malpais isn't one of the greatest National Monuments. But if You are in the area, it is definately worth a visit. The Rock Arch is easy accessible and is quite great. Sky City in the Acoma Pueblo is nearby, and You can easily combine the two sights.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

This National Monument preserves a very large field of lava that flowed millions of years ago near Grants, New Mexico. The usual way to see is to drive the highway that goes between the base of some impressive cliffs and the lava beds. It's about a twenty mile ride south from the main Interstate 40 exit for Grants. The most... More 

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Washington State
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There are two roads thru El Malpais National Monument- Route 53 and Route 117. If you are looking for beautiful scenery without exerting too much energy, Route 117 is the way to go. The Sandstone Bluffs and young lava is a spectacular sight to see. The Sandstone bluffs are accessed by a relatively short gravel access road that was a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In a prior review we were on the East side of the park with the arch and narrows area. This review is for the West side of the park specifically the lava tubes. We focused our adventure on the big tubes area. We had so much fun the first weekend with a day trip we expanded the trip the following... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

If you have to head south to Hwy 60 from I-40 you might want to take the drive through the El Malpais! Be sure to stop at the La Ventana arch on the way! Consider the incredible volcanic forces that played a role in the formation of this region as evidenced by the numerous cinder cones and lava flows!

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