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El Malpais National Conservation Area

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Address: Grants, NM
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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 to US 60 Hwy via New Mexico Hwy 117 at I-40 exit 89. Hwy 117... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

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

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England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We stopped here on our way to the Bandera Volcano attraction which was a nice combination. The visitors centre has a nice shop with reasonably priced items (I bought a lovely shirt there). They have a Junior Park Ranger Badge that the children can complete within 1-3 hours. Doing the badge work gave mine a sense of shared responsibility for... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

We took Highway 117 south from near Grants on the way to Globe Arizona and what a treat. Not only was the scenery beautiful, there were no crowds and we had a real feeling of sharing this beauty with nature and each other. If you have time take this road and a few others to Phoenix and see some beauty... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

Be careful getting here, our GPS took us to the Administrative Center instead of the National Park - we tried several different navigation programs to no avail. Finally stopped to get directions from a local. Look for the El Malpais National Conservation area sign right off the freeway. The road will take you in to the Visitor Center - there... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2014

While driving back to Tucson from Albuquerque, I decided to go the "long" way. It just happened to take me through the El Malpais Conservation Area. When you stumble across something unexpected, a drive you anticipate to be boring suddenly becomes fascinating. El Malpais was one of those discoveries. I stopped at the Visitor Center and some lovely seniors were... More 

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Mountainair, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

This area borders the El Malpais National Monument and has many wonderful sites to offer. We enjoyed several days here on a recent vacation to the area and hiked into several locations not normally used by day hikers. I particularly enjoyed hiking a section of the ancient Acoma-Zuni trail out onto the lava beds. We also explored the area near... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

The area has a 10site campground that is free. There is a concrete pad, picnic table and grill at each site. The place is clean and secluded on a hilltop. The place was quiet even though it was 4th of July weekend. Hardly anyone there. It is located close to all sights in park. Great place to visit as well... More 

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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Beautiful landscape...well worth a visit. All in the area of El Malpais National Monument and El Morro.

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