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Address: Grants, NM

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Great Albuquerque Day Trip

Only 17 miles south of Interstate 40 on NM Hwy 117 (near Grants), this is an easy day trip from the Albuquerque area and has gorgeous scenery. On the western side of the drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Only 17 miles south of Interstate 40 on NM Hwy 117 (near Grants), this is an easy day trip from the Albuquerque area and has gorgeous scenery. On the western side of the drive are the amazing lava flows of the El Malpais National Monument. There is a Gila Wilderness parking area just off the road with a really easy... More 

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Washington State
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Nice arch, good view from the parking lot, fair amount of parking. There is a short (1/2 mile round trip according to the sign) graveled path to get closer.

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New Mexico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

As a Native New Mexican, I say, as you're heading to La Ventana, on the right side of the highway, you'll see a Sign for the site. Rather than looking to your left, keep looking right. Drive up the hill, until you find a widening in the shoulder, Carefully turn around and drive back the way you came. You'll understand... More 

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MORENO VALLEY
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379 reviews 379 reviews
147 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Definitely worth your time to hike the short trail to this incredible Arch. Surrounding cliffs aren't bad either. Great early in the am.

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Cedar Hill, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
39 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We went to the ranger station to ask about what to see and he recommended the arch. It's a lot bigger than you might think. They had hiking trails available but we simply stopped to take in the natural beauty. This is not a lot further into the park and it's definitely worth your time to stop and take a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A sight to behold, the arch is tall and impressive against the blue, blue New Mexico sky. You can imagine the Native Peoples of ancient times passing by the arch as they were traveling the area. If you listen quietly, you can still hear their gentle footsteps.

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Clifton, New Jersey
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269 reviews 269 reviews
47 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The trail leads right up to the foot of the arch. The arch is beautiful. it is a single structure. Not as great as some of the arches in Utah, but well worth a stop.

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Beecher, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Don't miss this stop. The arch is breath-taking. Easy to walk to from the parking lot. We only spent about 20 minutes, just a quick walk to this site.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great place to visit not far off interstate 40. Its a great place to let the kids stretch while on road trip

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Heiligenhaus, Germany
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This natural arch is breath-taking; there are signs and information nearby about prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed this area. There are volcanic remains in the area and a place to view the "lava waterfalls." Rocks in the area are black (on the ground). The rock formations are massive, so there is no need for high-rise buildings. There are cactii all... More 

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