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“Take the time to stop and explore”

El Malpais National Monument
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Grants
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Owner description: National monument with spectacular scenery.
Reviewed August 25, 2013

My lady & I drifting towards the west coast. Had never heard of El Malpais before but we both like to hike so we thought we would stop in. Beautiful area...we hiked in the El Calderone area and for most of the time we were completely on our own. Caves, volcanic rock, cinder cones, trees, silence, birds. Magnificent way to spend a couple of hours. We were both amazed that there is no entrance fee for a National Monument - truly your tax dollars at work in a good way.

3  Thank Roger61Texas
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a volcanic area, rugged and desert. We travelled by car, but there are plenty of hicking opportunities.

Thank Virgilio_Gabriella
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

What an amazing site. Charles Lummis (1892) said: "It is the most precious cliff, historically,possessed by any nation on earth.. " This says it better than what I can. To see inscriptions on this sandstone cliff dating back more than 400 years whilst this massive cliff towers above you is awe inspiring. It is free to enjoy. A definite must see...

1  Thank Sarie V
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We didn't do any caving in El Malpais, but we did drive the dirt road that traverses the park from Highway 117 to Highway 53. Totally enjoyed the drive. It was very manageable for a stock high clearance vehicle, although I imagine it can be a problem when wet. We went through a herd of cows that must have thought we were the feed truck. They chased us down making a huge ruckus of noise. Hilarious. Nice desert and volcanic landscape.

1  Thank Charlene J
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The ancient lava flows, contrasting with characteristic southwest sandstone mesas make for an interesting combination. We enjoyed walking along the Sandstone Bluffs while looking out at the vast fields of ancient lava flows and picnicking to the call of fledgling peregrine falcons after a visit to La Ventana Arch. A drive down Chain of Crater's road took us to an area of lava tubes which we had to bypass as we were not suitable equipped (but we will be next time). A wild and unusual landscape.

2  Thank trippingtd
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