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“lava falls”(22 reviews)
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National monument with spectacular scenery.
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All reviews sandstone bluffs lava falls national monument el malpais visitor center new mexico ranger station la ventana arch dirt road first stop picnic area beautiful park few hours mile loop different areas drove down huge area
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went to the visitor center at exit 85 off I 40 The ranger station and information centers were closed We drove route 53 through the El Calderon area and walked around the lava tubes and bat caves. Never knew there were volcanoes in New Mexico.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank barbmc93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I drove out from Albuquerque for a day visit and was glad I did. My first surprise was the impressive visitors center. Helpful staff helped me decide where to spend time. The sandstone bluffs were most impressive. What a surprise when I came upon a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SCalif
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Someone mentioned this was closed. I think they meant the small visitor center, but there is a very large visitor center in Grants. Lots of very helpful people working there. They will give you maps and help you out. Huge area and pretty much impossible...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jonathan J
Reviewed 17 November 2018

To me, this point of interest is for: getting out of your car, and traipising around on tierra firma. There are abundant lava fields, sandstone geologic landscapes that are visible from your vehicle, but soooo much more impressive if you'll trek around it it. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Cal N
Reviewed 8 November 2018

I really enjoyed my visit to the El Malpais National Munument. It encompasses an area where a lot of vocanic activity took place several thousand years ago. Some impressive rock formations.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Beeper99_12
Reviewed 8 November 2018

Beautiful volcanic landscapes with areas of sedimentary arches. The hiking is not terrific but the area is definitely worth a look.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank ruthtwg
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We were driving north on 117 toward Grants NM and had never been on this road before. All of a sudden we were in what they call “The Narrows”, part of the El Malpais Monument. I am from Arizona and rocks we have, and cliffs...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Cheryal
Reviewed 21 October 2018

First day hiked the /El Calderon Loop Train. Walked it "clockwise" so we first saw Junction Cave, Double Sinks and Bat & Xenolith Caves. Got a (free) Cave Permit at the Visitors' Center that authorized entrance into the caves. We decided to skip going into...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Marcia-ABQ
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We took the time to drive the full stretch of Rte 117 along the Park. Stopped at Ventana, the bluffs and the Lava Flows. Each offers a very different experience and feeling. The kids enjoyed climbing along the rock at the bluff but it is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank IB E
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a road trip. Honestly, I only chose it because it was on the way from Alburquerqe to Gallup (my first choice was Bandelier but I didn't want to detour). Turns out this place is amazing and one of the best parks...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Beverly V
31 May 2017|
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Response from Cardinalis | Reviewed this property |
It's not a clear cut answer from visiting the website(s) and you should probably call. El Malpais is divided between NPS and BLM so there may be different rules in the two areas.
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RunrDave
25 December 2016|
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Response from Robert L | Reviewed this property |
I agree with JerryH990. 3 hours should be enough to tour the monument. As Jerry said, the Lava hike is very interesting, but the footing is very uneven and you need to be careful to follow the trail markers. Good hiking... More
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George K
6 September 2016|
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Response from Friend_of_IEEE | Reviewed this property |
The Park area is very slightly south and very slightly east of Grants, NM. The turnoff is easy to miss if you are traveling I-40 and zipping along at the speed limit. Especially if many trucks are on the road. What I... More
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