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El Malpais National Conservation Area

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Grants, NM
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Variety of Trails and Sights in Area!

You can take a one mile hike in lava beds, view extinct cinder cones, see sandstone cliffs, and... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
Robert T
Boise, Idaho
Out of nowhere.... BOOM!

We were heading across country and not aware we were going to pass this then all of a sudden, it... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Dan W
Pensacola, Florida
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“lava beds” (3 reviews)
“natural arch” (3 reviews)
Grants, NM
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

You can take a one mile hike in lava beds, view extinct cinder cones, see sandstone cliffs, and view a magnificent arch (New Mexico's 2nd largest) in this conservation area.

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We were heading across country and not aware we were going to pass this then all of a sudden, it was like it just appeared. Simply Amazing. The views are spectacular. Be sure to tune your radio to the Navajo station while in this area....More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 18 May 2017

From the lava fields to the numerous geologic points of interest to the many well-marked trails, this area is full of things to experience and learn.

Thank EllenBread
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Great place to adventure around and explore lots of geographic things to do this is a lava flow the volcano and vents, there are even lava tubes to explore

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Thank mountains74
Reviewed 18 March 2017

An amazing place, from the second largest arch in NM to a closeup look at 100 million year old lava flows. The overlook into the conservation area is absolutely breathtaking. It takes 30 minutes off the highway to reach the area but the drive is...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The drive alone is stunning, but there's more than that. Some great hiking. Walk along an incredible lava flow, see a natural arch (La Ventana) and some amazing sandstone.

Thank Deanne A
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Views of El Malpais lava flows surround the area. I found the South Narrows Picnic Sites along Hwy. 117 to be clean and well maintained.

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a large area and correctly called El Malpais as this means Badlands in Spanish. The whole area has scattered basalt rock that goes back 100,000 plus years and well worth a visit.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 30 July 2016

On my return drive from Chicago back home to Tucson I stayed the 2nd night in Albuquerque, NM. For my last day of driving I decided to take the scenic route thru eastern Arizona's White Mts. The route took me from I-40 west of Albuquerque...More

1  Thank SMLeek69
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

This place is so beautiful and we'll worth the drive and time! Everyone should see this natural beauty!!

Thank Amanda F
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