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“A most welcoming Visitor Center”

Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center
Ranked #5 of 12 things to do in Grants
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

The Visitor Center offers an excellent overview of the archaeology, geology, geography, history, and culture of this area of New Mexico.
The brochures, books, children's activities, films, etc. are informative and well done. The staff is helpful and friendly.

1  Thank Betsy1949-08
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

A must stop if your not sure what to do and see in NM. They have a lot of information and the people who work there are so freindly and helpful. The coffee is FREE and tastes grrreat!

1  Thank Christy Z
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

The staff at the visitors center were very helpful and friendly, love the view!

1  Thank probkauz
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

This is the visitor center for El Malpais National Monument, right near Interstate 40 in Grants, NM.

We stopped here based on reviews stating a clean restroom (which it was) as we needed a pit stop on our drive to CA. The day we stopped was very cold & windy so we planned to stop again on our way back home later that week when the weather was to be nice & 70 degrees.

The park ranger was friendly and nice but when she found out we only wanted to stop by on our way home for a quick visit - she tried to convince us to stay longer & how great their national monument was.

I told her that we'd love to see the lava field like you can see along I-40 but won't have a lot of time due to our drive home and won't be able to do a lot of hiking, etc. And I told her that based on reviews I read, the trail heads were several miles south of I-40. She quoted me shorter distances and said as soon as you entered the trail you would be in the newer, darker lava field with no shrubs or grass growing - the lava at the Center had lots of grass and shrubs growing on it which made the lava itself harder to see. We thought this sounded perfect! Just what we wanted!

When we stopped at El Malpais on our way back to hike the beginning portion of Zuni-Acoma Tail off highway 117 where she showed us on the map she gave us, we soon realized that she was not truthful with us and just told us what we wanted to hear.

The trail head WAS several miles south of Interstate 40 & the there was NO lava at the beginning of the trail - just a sandy trail through a cow grazing area full of lots of SHRUBS!

We were very, very, very disappointed with her misleading us! We had to hike a long way along the trail before we saw some lava to the left of us which the trail did not lead to. For pictures, see my tripadvisor review on El Malpais National Monument.

We were not pleased that she was dishonest with us and mislead us. If we knew it was like this, we would have avoided the trail altogether & just enjoyed the massive lava rocks along Interstate 40.

Thank nowincolorado
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

This visitor center is filled with materials that you can take concerning things to do and see in the area. Towards the back, there is a museum that the family will enjoy. There is also an indoor theater with a list of the videos that are available. You can choose the one you want to see and the attendant will put it on for you. The kids really enjoyed the activity sheets that were available for them to pick up if they wanted to. Some were to color, others were dot to dot and others were mazes.

This is definitely the place to go first if you are going to be spending some time in the Grants area.

2  Thank conev
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