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Lava Flow

El Malpais is a massive lava flow, 3000 years old, which is relatively recent in the age of the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Robert C
Scottsdale, Arizona
Caving in Lava Tubes

First off stop by the visitor center. Look up the address on NPS website and don't rely on GPS as... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Central Arizona, Arizona
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“lava falls”(21 reviews)
National monument with spectacular scenery.
Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

El Malpais is a massive lava flow, 3000 years old, which is relatively recent in the age of the world. National Monument starts 20 mikes south east of grants NM, off Interstate 40. Good hiking trails to the various points of interest - lava falls,...More

2  Thank Robert C
Reviewed 31 May 2018

First off stop by the visitor center. Look up the address on NPS website and don't rely on GPS as it was trying to send us 1.5 hours out of the way. You will be able to obtain a lot of useful information as well...More

1  Thank Sweetra
Reviewed 22 May 2018

We live in NM and this was our first visit to this part of El Malpais. Both the arch and Sandstone Bluffs are worth a visit for people passing through NM on I-40. They both have wonderful vistas and the arch in the morning is...More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 15 May 2018

Take the time to at least drive a short distance thru the monument. At least, stop in the visitor center.

1  Thank Lenne K
Reviewed 11 May 2018

This is a very nice place to go to get away from everything. Take a hike to the lave tube and be sure to take gloves, flashlight and a good pair of boots. This part of New Mexico is an amazing place. I would recommend...More

1  Thank Fred B
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Beautiful park for hiking in the flat lands and in the forest, but watch out if you walk over the lava fields. You can get a broken ankle if you don't have good hiking boots that support your ankles. The first day we went to...More

Thank whiteout853
Reviewed 1 May 2018

A wonderful hike to the lava tubes. Take gloves, knee pads, helmet with 3 flashlights for a wonderful adventure in New Mexico. It was a 2 mile hike on the lava field, but you can spend the day exploring the lava tubes.

Thank cathymill3865
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Amazing terrain in the middle of the desert. Lava rock very pourous and lava tubes you can go down into. Go to the ranger talks and find out more. There are a couple ways thru the park. Take your time and enjoy.

Thank ki0ki
Reviewed 27 April 2018

We hiked the three mile loop to see the lava field and features. The walk around the caldera was very scenic and beautiful. There were a number of features noted as we did the hike. However, the car trip to see the arch was a...More

Thank Davejr47
Reviewed 22 April 2018

Malpais means badlands and this area of ancient lava flows make for a dramatic landscape. WE stopped at the visitor center and then drove through the park, stopping occasionally at turnouts. This is a great area for hikes, but check with the park for permits...More

Thank Robert S
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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