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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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Lava, sandstone bluffs and a beautiful arch

We found out that El Malpais means the badlands which kind of describes this huge area of New Mexico. While driving you will pass many lava fields, and trees that some how survive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Char W
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Bradenton, Florida
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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped at El Malpais as part of an RV trip to national parks and monuments in the New Mexico area. The rangers at the visitor's center were very helpful planning our visit. We hiked some of the trails and stopped at the Sandstone overlooks and the natural arch. The views were spectacular and on par with other parks in... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found out that El Malpais means the badlands which kind of describes this huge area of New Mexico. While driving you will pass many lava fields, and trees that some how survive in the lava. There are pull overs to see many different view points the fiirst and I think the best is Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. The road is... More 

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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting the VLA and Pie Town, we traveled up Route 117 north through the El Malpas National Monument and the Conservation Area. The drive is very nice, with good views of the lava flows and nice scenery in general. My wife is always amazed by the volcanoes of the southwest, and these flows remind her so much of what... More 

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Harker Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sort of found this by accident on the way to Vegas. Stopped by the Visitor Center after our overnight stay in Grants. The ranger on duty was most friendly and informative. Some nice displays and brochures about the park offerings. We did not get a chance to really drive the area, but it is now on the "to do" list... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent motorcycle/camping trip I rode through El Malpais National Monument. I had seen signs for El Malpais many times while driving I-40 across New Mexico but had not taken the time to divert my travels from the main highway. I approached the monument from the south on New Mexico State Highway 117 which took me along the east... More 

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Sikeston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

The western landscapes we mostly think of erosion forming great sandstone monuments and deep water cut canyons. El Malpias offers the alternative point of view, the creation of landscape from vulcanism. I only had time for one day of activity, so I chose the El Calderon trail and included a short caving excursion in the Junction lava tube cave near... More 

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Asheville, NC, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This place is like no other. The Acoma-Zuni Trail is a workout for your feet (and boots) and your eyes. Otherworldly is an apt description.

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Placitas, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

El Malpais is Spanish for "badlands" which this monument certainly contains, but there's lava flows, cinder cones and even arches.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

I had been traveling for a week, by the time I reached this treasure. I only wish I had been able to hike this, as well. However, the guides, and Rangers at the Visitor Center were very helpful, and guided us to a drive that overlooked lava fields and scenery that I will never forget.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This is well worth the side trip and effort. The lava flows are fascinating. After this visit you will understandhow volcanoes shaped this state

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