El Malpais National Monument, Grants

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El Malpais National Monument Reviews
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  • Stopped at Sandstone Bluff area - A one and one half gravel road takes you to neat rock formations and an overlook, If you have a young child along, keep a close watch as there are some drop-offs. Bac...  more »
  • Shaped by multiple lava flows this area is an awe-inspiring landscape. Great for people who enjoy the outdoors and hiking. We stayed in Grants for 2 weeks and visited several sites in the park/monumen...  more »
  • Nice about 13 mile drive one way. There are 3 different stops along the way. Very interesting. If you are staying at Sky City Hotel it is a nice side drive. At the end there are the Lava Falls where y...  more »
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  • Great for kids to go caving! Free camping at Joe Skeen Campground-- I think we got the last spot for the night. Junction cave was awesome-- it is cool in there. Be sure to get a free permit at the visitors center, and definitely bring a helmet, or get one there because you will need it! If you have kids that love climbing all over everything, this is the place to go!
  • Hidden gem. We did not know that the park existed and that there were lava flows and tubes in New Mexico. We got any early start to avoid the hotest part of the day and found the trail to be spectacular. The wild flowers were beautiful.
  • Whole region is pretty good with lava formations. Quite a few trails with some being tough. There are quite a few caves as well
  • Truly incredible. There were lots of hiking trails and easily accessible lava tubes that you could climb in and explore. The area around it was real strange because it was almost like a mix between a forest and a desert and God just couldn’t make up his mind on what it should be so he just made it both. The weather was perfect, at least when I visited. The cinder cones themselves are amazing, even the smallest one is over 1000ft across and when you’re in the crater of it, you can really feel it’s size. Definitely worth visiting.
  • Beautiful scenery. A pleasure to drive instead of the freeway. Nice areas for picnicking.
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