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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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Views here are fantastic

This is a large area that's divided into different sections. I didn't have time to explore all of it but the areas I got to were very scenic. I did the Lava Falls Trail to start... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul M
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Scarborough
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Scarborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large area that's divided into different sections. I didn't have time to explore all of it but the areas I got to were very scenic. I did the Lava Falls Trail to start with, only a short trail (about 30 minutes) but it puts you into the middle of a field of basalt lava flows and the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The El Malpais National Monument is a testament to natures forces & time. This beautiful natural arch can be viewed from your vehicle. A short hike on a smooth pathway will get you up close to the arch. This entire area has much to offer those who enjoy backcountry hiking, sightseeing, etc.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place from the window of a car or hiking around. Lava flows are great but don't wear sandals as the rocks are very sharp.

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Grants, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot of climbing if you go on the rock. Too hot for middle of afternoon in summer. Go early and see what early explorers left their signature here!

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Rogers, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the kids to the visitor center to get our National Park Passports stamped and then drove to the Sandstone Bluffs and the Arch. There are lots of places to stop for a picnic lunch - but beware of the facilities, they can get a little ripe in the summer. The view from the bluffs was awesome! We just... More 

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Silver City, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

El Malpais National Monument is not your run of the mill vacation spot. It is made up of lava fields, lava tubes and ice caves. Mostly you make your own itinerary here, don't expect a spoon fed experience. If you are the independent sort who likes a challenging hike with awesome rewards at the destination, El Malpais is your kind... More 

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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 July 11, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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