La Ventana Natural Arch

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La Ventana Natural Arch
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,007 contributions
Jul 2020
So close to the road and free to see, it would be a sin not to stop to get a better look while also stretching your legs. Fenced off so people don’t go too close to it while still allowing for an excellent view. I could hear so many birds in the distance. Seems like there are many of them in the surrounding cliffs and trees and their sounds carry very far. I came here after a heavy monsoon season, so everything was green and there were still many tinajas (potholes) full of water and teeming with life.

The arch itself is on the west side of the cliff. Late afternoon sun would be best for light and pictures. You cannot close enough to see the sky through the arch. Protective fencing prevents you from that.

Should you be more adventurous, you can follow the Narrows Rim Trail (round trip about 7 miles) to see the Ventana Arch from above. That trailhead is not near the Arch but starts by the Narrows Picnic Area, 21 miles south of I-40 on NM 117. Enjoy this beauty.
Written November 26, 2020
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Michael W
Edison, NJ781 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
La Ventana Arch is about a 28 mile drive south of Highway 40. At about the nine mile mark is a Ranger Station with tons of information about the area and a Ranger who was not only very informative but also a really nice person. Traveling about another 10 miles south you come to a beautiful scenic overlook. Then at the 28 mile mark you come to La Ventana Arch, there is ample parking and Rest Rooms. A short walk takes you to the Arch itself. We made the trip here in just over one and one half hours from Albuquerque and it was worth the trip. The scenery is incredible and not to be missed.
Written December 27, 2011
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capitollover
Austin, TX2,435 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The path is a very easy, perhaps 150 yard walk from the parking lot, about 1/3 of which is actually paved. The rest is a good packed trail with a slight rise in elevation. A hat and sunscreen are both good ideas for this site, especially in the summer.

There are rattlesnakes and scorpions in the area, so be aware of your surroundings.

There is a parking lot, picnic tables, and pit toilet.

I was able to get good photographs in mid afternoon when we visited.
Written April 18, 2017
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tellingbird
New Mexico24 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
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 why, when you see the Arch the way it should be seen!
Written March 19, 2015
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505badgolfer
Albuquerque, NM362 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
La Ventana is the second longest arch in NM (the longest is Snake Bridge in San Juan county). There is a highway turnoff that is about a 100 yard walk to the arch. The arch can also be seen by taking a hike on the "narrows rim trail." The hike is described in the book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Albuquerque." It's a beautiful hike on a mesa that is 7.8 miles round trip. The El Malpais visitor center, which is about 10 miles north of the arch on highway 117, has brochures describing the hike.
Written October 24, 2013
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Amy K
Denver73 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
The arch is beautiful and a simple walk from the highway. Truly spectacular, but not quite as dramatic as some of the arches you may see in a park such as arches in Utah, as it is a single structure. Should definitely stop on your way down to lava falls.
Written October 19, 2013
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Solivagant1975
769 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
Arch is viewable from the road, but do go and take the time to get a little closer. Easily accessible from a short walk from the parking area. Beautiful cactus and Pinion trees along the path.
Written March 19, 2018
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Tim W
Elmhurst, IL207 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
It was hot and didn't really want to get out of car anymore. So when saw the sign we where like meh. Then I caught a glimpse of it and pulled the car around.

Totally aww inspiring. And well worth the price of admission. It's free by the way.

Written June 23, 2017
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James G C
Courtenay, Canada60 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Great arch. Largest natural arch in New Mexico I understand. Easy walk to base of arch. Wheelchair accessible.
Written May 4, 2017
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selindo
El Paso, TX75 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
It was a quick stop at a beautiful site. If you're a photographer plan to go in the afternoon, I had difficulty getting a good shot in late morning.
Written March 18, 2017
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