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Volcanic activity from a different millenium

Not for casual viewers': ya' gotta' get of your car to appreciate this. Volcanic activity from a... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2018
Cal N
Not a single "boring" minute when hiking this trail.

Truly a feast for the eyes. Terrain changes were delightful. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

Not for casual viewers': ya' gotta' get of your car to appreciate this. Volcanic activity from a couple of centuries ago that will leave you impressed!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cal N
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Truly a feast for the eyes. Terrain changes were delightful. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes as you walk on ciders, volcano rocks, up and down, but trail is easy, well maintained and marked.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Easy walk to caves - easy to carry gear needed to enter caves. Nice easy walk to cinder cone where you have excellent views of the area. No one on trail but us - nice.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank twoscratchy
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We did not hike the full trails, but we did walk part of them to see what was around. There was a ranger there when we were there and she gave us lots of information on the area and even took our picture for us,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BriannaJoyR
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We had read reviews which suggested that this was an easily doable trail with interesting sites along the way. We strongly differ! Although we found the beginning sites (up to the Bat Cave) to be worth the effort of traversing the 7/10 mile trail, we...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We did not walk the whole trail as it was late in the day and the kids were getting tired. However, they wanted to see some lava tubes so we walked to the first 3 markers. If we had enough time I would have liked...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank diaq
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our family visited El Malpais National Monument on a recent Monday afternoon. Since we were also going to nearby El Morro National Monument we chose to stop at the El Calderon trail due to them being located off the same highway. The trail is located...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The ground was flat and an easy walk and there were some intersting sites on this area of El papais which erupted 115,000 years ago.There is a great deal of lava activity and old basalt rock, a few caves and pretty country. Not the best...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walk back in time on this trail to see collapsed lava tubes and its cinder cone. A nice 3.8 mile loop takes you to where rivers of lava over 115,000 years ago created the lava trenches and tubes. It's pretty exposed so bring plenty of...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank 44dave56
Reviewed 5 March 2016

We were in the area and saw the sign for the trail. The trail is very flat except for the short climb to the scenic overlook. Very cool sites on the trail including caves, sinkholes, lava trenches, and the volcano overlook.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Z06Traveler
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