We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“NPS site”

El Malpais National Monument
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Grants
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: National monument with spectacular scenery.
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
90 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“NPS site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

Just off I40 along a side road. Great video for story of area. Great place to get a NPS passport stamp. Other sites besides El Malpasis are not NPS sites so were not visited.

Visited May 2014
Thank 995traveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

209 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Blackwood, New Jersey
Level Contributor
76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Not as good as my other NM monuments & national parks visits”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

We visited a cinder hill, explored in underground caves, and hiked a few miles to the various old volcanoes. The terrain was much the same, little interpretive descriptions, and basically a very bland trek. I would skip it and head straight to Gila National Forest.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Jackie E
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sonoma, California
Level Contributor
75 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fascinating area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

The monument has two areas, accessible from Hwy 117 and Hwy 53--- both are worth a visit. Very uncrowded for the most part. Good hikes and interesting geology and wildflowers! worth a visit

Visited May 2014
1 Thank meelk45
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Marietta, Georgia
Level Contributor
619 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Several photo ops”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

The real beauty of El Malpais is on the eastern end of the Monument on highway 117; Sandstone Bluff Overlook and La Ventana (the Window), a natural arch. Both are good photo ops in the late afternoon.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank ballhawg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

Spent the day here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The park I did find, however, was slightly hard to navigate. The way the roads are set up can make getting between different places of the park a little challenging. Firstly, Malpais has three different information centers. If you want to do the El Calderon trail, which is a nice 3 mi hike on a gravel trail, the closest information center is the National Park Service Information Center. Then on the other side of the park is the Sandstone Bluffs which provides a nice overlook of the badlands, the La Ventana Natural Arch, and the Narrows. The closest information center to these attractions is the BLM Ranger Station. The drive between the Sandstone bluffs and the Calderon Trail is around 40 minutes, so I found it helpful to do one side of the park and then move on to the other. Then in the middle is the Northwest New Mexico visitor center and its conveniently located in Grants. Its also nice because it has information for the whole state.

A hike I really liked was in the Narrows, beginning in the Narrows Picnic area. This linear trail is 4 mi each way and runs along the rim of the narrows overlooking the badlands on one side. The trail ends with a view of the Ventana arch from above. The trail is mostly flat the whole way, and not challenging except for the distance it covers.

Visited March 2014
6 Thank Loryn H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to El Malpais National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing