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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 shoes or boots and maybe a hiking stick should be all you need. Worth the time.
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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
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 would recommend, if you are seriously interested, is stopping at a gas station in Grants (they are on each side of I-40) and actually asking someone how to get to the National Park Service building. Then find that and talk with a ranger before heading out on your own. You can also write to the Park Service look it up online and call or write to the Park Service location there. There is so much history, and so much to see in the Grants area, that a couple of good maps, along with guidance from one of the rangers, will make it much more interesting and really save you time in the long run.
Please remember, much of the area around Grants belongs to the Laguna people, and some of it is sacred according to their traditions. For the best experience, I would advise making an extra effort to understand the area and its history before heading out.