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El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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El Morrow

only one trail was open today due to the ice on the trails...the Inscription house. I went with my... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glenda D
via mobile
Too broad a description

No doubt, this is a beautiful part of Mexico. But the El malpais National Monument itself is hard... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
San Francisco
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National monument with spectacular scenery.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

only one trail was open today due to the ice on the trails...the Inscription house. I went with my 2 dogs. I should have had a glove and a hat but it was still Very nice!

Thank Glenda D
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

No doubt, this is a beautiful part of Mexico. But the El malpais National Monument itself is hard to put a finger on. There are all sorts of things in the area to see, but the monument, the enormous lava field, is either viewed from...More

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 28 December 2017

I wish we had more time for this short visit. The drive along 117 at sundown is spectacular. We stopped at the visitor center for a geological talk and it was really interesting. There is lava fields that look fresh! Like Hawaii. But they are...More

Thank Albert008
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

We were driving cross country and took a day to hike. We hiked 6 miles at El Calderon a nice easy hike to the cider dome. By the way it’s 3 miles each way we were told 3 miles round trip. After lunch in town...More

Thank JBRetired
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Worth the trip to hike the area and take some great photos. Not many people there due to cold temperature

Thank Mickey6448
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We came here to explore the lava tube caves and had a fantastic time! We spent about 6 hours exploring Xenolith, Junction, Big Skylight, and Giant Ice Cave. For all but one of the caves, all you really need is a caving permit and a...More

Thank mccambjd
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

The "badlands" are a confluence of volcanic lava flows and classic sandstone landscape. The hikes around the volcanic areas at Lava Falls and El Calderon are fascinating and fun. La Ventara is a sandstone arch the parks in Utah would be proud of. Well worth...More

Thank ringspa
Reviewed 15 October 2017

The lava formations are fascinating. I hiked the Zuni-Acoma trail; it is well worth the trip if you are secure on your feet. "Big Tubes" is a must-visit spot if you love vulcanology or like to explore caves. Most interesting and extensive lava field I...More

Thank Pablo7477
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited for a few hours and loved the stunning drive and scenery. We walked the lava flow walk after exploring the sandstone bluffs. Beautiful park to visit if in the area.

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 9 October 2017

I have been to around 20 different national park service run sites this year, and Malpais was definitely a bit of a disappointment. It is very spread out which makes it much harder to get to the different areas of the park. The lava flow...More

1  Thank Sarah B
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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.
26 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
7 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