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El Malpais National Monument

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Address: Grants, NM
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National monument with spectacular scenery.

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Worth spending a little time there.

Thjis is the natural arch located in the area of the El Malpais National Conservation Area. You can actually get pretty close to it without going off the designated path.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Paul M
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Berkeley Springs, WV
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Berkeley Springs, WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thjis is the natural arch located in the area of the El Malpais National Conservation Area. You can actually get pretty close to it without going off the designated path.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were blown away by the visitor's center. The displays and personal service were great. We enjoyed the Monument especially the Arch.

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1 Thank Ed J
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Malpais NM (="badlands") is a little visited New Mexican jewel. This will be HOT in the summer, but we have had delightful visits in fall and spring. There are gorgeous sandstone cliffs, dramatic lava fields, and some wildflower meadows if you catch them at the right time

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Kalamazoo MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove down the east side of the area on a day when the weather was not helpful so we didn't do much hiking though there were interesting walks to be had. Mostly we were impressed with the visitor center just off the freeway. It is a large center for a national monument so far off the beaten track and... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Malpais seems a bit off the beaten path, but is totally worth the trip. Our family of 5 visited and we all loved it. I think it was the highlight of our roadtrip from Las Vegas through ABQ, south, and back up to Phoenix. We first stopped at the El Calderon area to climb through the lava tube near... More 

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Florence, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Road a little rough and narrow, looks like they might be going to work on it. Nice shortcut drive from Hwys 40 to 60

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to do a day trip to El Malpais and El Morro NM. The day was sunny and warm in the sun. We stopped first at the visitor center, which is at exit 85 off of I-40. This visitor center is open all year, but the other centers are not. Check the NPS website before you... More 

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Landisville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The east side of the park, off exit 89 on I-40 is nicest. If you're traveling west get off there first do you don't have to back track. Follow signs down 117. Don't worry if the ranger station is closed there are facilities at Sandstone Overlook and also at the Arch. Those two stops give you a nice sampling. Get... More 

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Stop at the Visitor center to get information to plan on what you want to do and see. The area is a formerly active volcano site long quiet, but the evidence of the lava flows are everywhere. We hiked up the Rim trail (parallel to the road) a short distance for a more meadow/woods experience with an elevated view from... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Very lovely, but the trail was mushy. Must be great in the summer. Only went in about a mile, but it was well marked.

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