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Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center

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Address: 1900 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-4014
Phone Number:
+1 505-876-2783
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

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El Malpais is great

Went caving through the Xenolith Cave with great instructions from the ranger at the center. What a great experience! Can't wait to visit again.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Kris C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went caving through the Xenolith Cave with great instructions from the ranger at the center. What a great experience! Can't wait to visit again.

Thank Kris C
Landisville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This is now called the El Malpais Visitors Center. The shorter film (8 minutes) gives a great overview including info about the volcanic activity and that's the one to opt for especially if you have children along. The longer film, 26 minute, is good, but not necessary.

Thank PattyMcC7
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

It appears that this used to be the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center but when we visited there was a temporary sign as you drive in that shows it to be the Visitor Center for El Malpais National Monument which is part of the National Park Service. Also all of the signs on interstate 40 direct you to exit 85... More 

1 Thank GoVols79
Tappahannock, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Beautifully laid out and equipped travel welcome center with capable and helpful staff, some rooms accommodate an exhibition giving you an overview of the local tribal cultures and history although much of this repeats itself over and over again in the outlying parks and museums. The main benefit of this welcome center is to help you choose your itinerary amongst... More 

1 Thank northernneckinn
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

It was a good visitor center and a valued service for tourists as this part of New Mexico is not a well known tourist area.All the information needed along with toilets met the mark and a welcome relief from drib=ving with all the transports on Interstate 40

Thank Oldjack
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We almost didn't stop at this center, as it was far back from the road and didn't look very large. Glad we did! Staff was terrific, informative, helped us gain an appreciation for this rather remote area of NM. We saw a great film on El Malpais, checked out displays and got some nifty gifts at their store. We didn't... More 

Thank snivvy
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We stopped at the Visitor Center, spoke with the rangers, saw the informative (and visually impressive) movie before venturing out to see the area attractions. Got useful information, picked up maps and brochures for things of interest to us in the area, and got some ideas for future trips to the area. Visitor centers are always a good place to... More 

Thank JMLMississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Stopped to pick up some maps. Much more info of the area and very helpful. Nice restaurants, gifts, etc...

Thank Birddawg
Grants, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We always take out of town visitors and are proud of the displays. Staff is helpful and friendly. You can buy books and other things here. Very clean. There are also videos you can view in the theatre.

Thank sola822
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

This was a last minute stop for us. I'm glad we did. We all a chance to see A Volcano!!! It was such an amazing unexpected experience. The Rangers there were super nice. My 2 girls became Jr Rangers!!!

Thank Sheryl D

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