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El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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Nice side trip

We were driving cross country and took a day to hike. We hiked 6 miles at El Calderon a nice easy... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Apple Valley, California
via mobile

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Corrales, New Mexico
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National monument with spectacular scenery.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Grants, NM
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 October 2017

There is A LOT to see and learn about. Will have to return soon as we were not prepared to invest that much time. Even with just a stop in we enjoyed memorable experiences.

Thank rte66fromCars
Reviewed 17 September 2017

A Dead Cauldron volcano that left massive lava flows and tubs through out this region which help make up its unique landscape. It also provided a great place for bats to live and mate. Come and see this great place and its beauty.

Thank Charles N
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This is our third visit to this monument but love it each and every time. You get the opportunity to hike to the top and then go around the rocks and come down the other side. It is strenuous but well worth it!!!! There are...More

Thank Cubette6
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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