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“Old Lava Flows” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Malpais National Monument

El Malpais National Monument
Grants, NM
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Ranked #2 of 10 Attractions in Grants
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Caverns/ Caves, National Parks, Landmarks
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Owner description: National monument with spectacular scenery.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Old Lava Flows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

It's remarkable of what the ancient lava flow fields must have been like when they were created, but they are still there, even part of the interstate goes thru it.

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Sandstone bluff overlook, La Ventana Arch, Lava Falls trail”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to El Malpais National Monument. We visited three areas in El Malpais. We took exit 89 off of I-40 and traveled down NM 117. Our first stop was the ranger station. The lady behind the desk was not friendly and not helpful. Further down NM 117, there is a sign for sandstone bluff overlook. We drove a little over a mile down a dirt road to the overlook. The edge of the bluff is about 400 feet from the parking lot. The view is fantastic. Further down NM 117, is La Ventana Arch. The arch can be viewed easily from NM 117 and parking lot. We stopped and hiked the half mile round trip trail to get closer to the arch. The trail was nice but the view of the arch did not change much. Further down NM 117, is the Lava Falls Area. The Lava Falls trail starts at a parking lot one mile down a washboard dirt road. We hiked the one mile round trip Lava Falls trail over a very rough trail on hard uneven lava. It was hard to determine where the trail started but later the trail markers were ok. Flies were really annoying in the area. There is no water in the area.

Visited May 2013
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Guernsey, Channel Islands
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“Some 'sights' quite close to Grants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

El Malpais is large and may be accessed a number of ways. I had an afternoon and did not wish to drive too far. From exit 89 the 117 takes you to a helpful ranger station with maps, just before a wonderful Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. Further on to La Ventana Natural Arch, small hike. A few miles on the South Narrows Picnic Area and hiking. Maybe 20miles from Grants each way and a great visit

Visited May 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We stopped at the main ranger station at Exit 85 first - the rangers were very, very helpful. An amazing area. Lava flows filled the valley, but clearly earlier rivers had sculpted the main valley with a broad floor, and beautiful sandstone cliffs on the east side. Then there was the hike across the very young lava field (~3000 yr. old) at Lava Falls. This was just amazing, seeing how the lava had flown across the valley floor, then fractured when it cooled. Very interesting trail. I highly recommend it. (But per others' suggestions, be sure you have proper hiking shoes, and carry water.)

Visited May 2013
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El Morro, New Mexico, United States
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“Great Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Learning about history and hiking at the same time! It is great! Wear appropriate shoes and take bottled water! The hike does not take very long and the view from the top is amazing!

Visited June 2012
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