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Impressive geology

I really enjoyed my visit to the El Malpais National Munument. It encompasses an area where a lot... read more

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Hudson, New York
Great landscape

Beautiful volcanic landscapes with areas of sedimentary arches. The hiking is not terrific but the... read more

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“lava falls”(22 reviews)
National monument with spectacular scenery.
Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank ruthtwg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Cheryal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Marcia-ABQ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

Thank BlackberryBoy
Reviewed 2 October 2018

There is more to do here then just see the arch and bluffs. The caves are great - but you need to bring the right stuff to venture into them, gloves, hard hats, lights, long pants, jacket and good shoes. We went into 5 different...More

2  Thank twoscratchy
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Fabulous sandstone bluffs to climb all over. Be sure to go in both directions from the parking lot and take the trail that crosses over the staircase to get the best view of the other side and see some cool shaped formations.

Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

After driving and driving, we arrived at the area to find it gated with a CLOSED sign posted. Looked like it has been closed for some time.

Thank Stay606740
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We stopped here just to eat subs for lunch travelling through New Mexico. I like eating lunch at rest stops when I travel as it has a picnic atmosphere, We were fortunate to come across this beautiful park and have lunch sitting on a bench...More

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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.
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
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
Beth H
29 December 2015|
Response from Victoria M | Reviewed this property |
many days. Yes, there is a wonderful visitor's center - full of knowledge and very helpful rangers.
10 August 2015|
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Response from Judy H | Reviewed this property |
Hwy 117 is a good road. We only traveled from Grants to the Lava Falls trailhead. We did see a Fifth Wheel on the road. It had rained a couple of days prior to our visit and there were a few of places where mud had... More