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El Malpais National Monument, Grants
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  • A friend told me about this place. He said he and his wife were driving thru the 'middle of no where' NM and she needed a rest room, so they followed the signs to El Malpais. They ended up spending 6 ...  more »
  • You need to take the time to go drive through this area. There is hiking and beautiful views! If you don't have four wheel drive I would suggest staying on or close to the blacktop as the dirt roads c...  more »
  • El Malpais (El Mal pie ace) is located just South of Grants. I live in NM and really never hear about this place, which is strange because it's really unique and spectacular. Well worth a visit. 
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  • There is more to this place than most will ever figure out. So many hidden jewels. Arches, lava tubes, ruins sites and lots of solitude to list a few things. You could spend weeks here and still not see everything. Rangers typically helpful too
  • Highly recommend. Stop at the visitor center off 40 FIRST. The park stops are laid out over 150 mile loop (if you include El Morro, which you should definitely go to as well). Big tubes trail is VERY rough and not for novice hikers or folks with knee or back problems, but well worth the effort for the able-bodied, careful adventurer. Be sure to take the long trail past the carvings at El Morro to the top of the rock. The views are awesome and there's a hidden canyon on the back side of the monument.
  • Easy trip from ABQ. Great daytrip adventure. Stop by the visitor center for free caving permit. Ask about the bat outflight...awesome experience.
  • I highly recommend getting off of I-40 and checking out at least part of this very special park. I had no idea it was there. The volcanic formations are amazing and go for miles and miles. The sandstone formations are just as fascinating. No cost to visit this park.
  • This is a hidden gem. We would have never known about it had the ranger at the next exit not told us about it while we were stopping to stretch and get some water. The drive down the gravel road is MORE than worth it, even if you feel like your car will be shaken to bits. :) The view is spectacular. There are all these sandstone cliffs to climb over and the lava flows are spread out in the valley below. It was an excellent atop, and well worth turning around and driving back 15 minutes. It will be a required stop for us next time we drive out west.