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El Malpais National Monument

Grants, NM
+1 505-876-2783
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Great hiking with fantastic scenery

Really enjoyed all the hikes in this National Monument - nice moderate climbs with lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sally M
Canton, Ohio
So So

I drove through El Malpais looking for something worth photographing, but there wasn't much there... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bruce M
Clifton, New Jersey
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National monument with spectacular scenery.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Grants, NM
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Really enjoyed all the hikes in this National Monument - nice moderate climbs with lots of interesting scenery. We climbed up right under Ventana Arch to get some really great photos.

Thank Sally M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I drove through El Malpais looking for something worth photographing, but there wasn't much there and few places along the road to stop the car safely.

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is quite large and intertwines with El Malpais National Conservation Area quite a bit, so I recommend stopping at one of the Ranger Stations/Visitor Centers to get recommendations to plan which areas you'd like to see. The scenery is beautiful with all the...More

Thank diaq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wonderful place... lots of hiking trails... great views.. had a wonderful day here ..weather was just right for the walks we did

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't planning to spend time here, but we stopped by the visitor center off I40 and, based on info from friendly and helpful ranger, decided to return later to do a short sunset drive and walk once it started to cool off a little....More

Thank gcb67
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Short hike to see the arch was well worth it. The setting is gorgeous. Was definitely worth the drive out to the area.

1  Thank John J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Why where on our way to Arizona and it gave us is strange route and stumbled upon this amazing place by accident. Omg it is so worth the time to drive and enjoy it. And see the lave flows and beautiful rocks.

1  Thank Tim W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this park for the first time. Stopped at information center off of interstate 40. The park personnel were very helpful. We hiked Calderon trail. It was a great hike about 5 miles. Hike can be shortened to 3 miles. Great caves and scenery.

Thank Kevin D
Reviewed 16 June 2017

We weren't sure we had time to visit, but once we stopped, we changed our schedule to explore this completely! It is stretched out over a fairly large area, but well worth the time. Breathtaking scenery and extremely friendly and helpful rangers.

Thank christianj601
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Having gone to 35 other national monuments I was kind of suspect that this one would be worth a stop but it is. They have a very good visitor center with a very knowledgeable staff. The park itself is very is scenic esp La Ventana...More

1  Thank richard c
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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.
25 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
6 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