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“best part is access to the old county road”

El Malpais National Monument
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Grants
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Owner description: National monument with spectacular scenery.
Salt Lake City
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189 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“best part is access to the old county road”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We were rather disappointed, unusual since we're big fans of the national park. We enjoy lava flows along I-15 in Idaho or at Craters of the Moon. But instead of returning to Grants, we consulted the map and continued through the national monument on NM 117; at the fork in road, instead of passing thru Quemado, we took Cibola County Rd 41/ aka York Ranch Road, cutting 2 points of the triangle in mileage, if not in time. It reminded me of the Pony Express Trail, being 30 miles on graded dirt, sometimes gravel, or washboardy or ropy, sparsely populated, studded with ranchland and BLM grazing land, and groupings of 3 to 4 mailboxes. When you come out the other side don't miss a stop in Pie Town.

Visited June 2012
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Tenafly, New Jersey
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16 reviews
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“Amazing landscape”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Ventana Natural Arch is worth the drive from Grants (25 min), and the whole lava landscape is unique among geologic landscapes. You can hike across from Highway 117 to Highway 53 if you've got a day.

Visited August 2012
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Grants, New Mexico
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9 reviews
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“Sand bluffs”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is a nice place to see the volcanic flow of malpais. If you like to hike on rocks it is also excellent place to go. You do need to be careful if you have little ones so they do not get to close to the edge.

Visited July 2012
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Awesome !”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

This park is worth your time and effort! Great hiking and the ruins are so cool. The scenery is wonderful !

Visited June 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Hike through old volcanoes”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Great hike from Scenic Highway 53 through extinct volcanoes, with caves and crater. Peace and quiet and great views.

Visited May 2012
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