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El Malpais National Monument is a National Monument located in western New Mexico, in the Southwestern United States. The name El Malpais is from the Spanish term Malpaís, meaning badlands, due to the extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers much of the park's area.

It is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways.
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  • Enjoyed this trip - about an hour from Albuquerque. Took about 3 hours. Made 4 stops- first the visitor center which had a nice exhibit and clean bathrooms. Stopped at Sandstone Bluffs overlook... 
    Enjoyed this trip - about an hour from Albuquerque. Took about 3 hours. Made 4 stops- first the visitor center which had a nice exhibit and clean bathrooms. Stopped at Sandstone Bluffs overlook...  more »
  • My wife and I were visiting the national parks in New Mexico and came across this gem. It was absolutely stunning and very quiet ! I highly recommend visiting this park. 
    My wife and I were visiting the national parks in New Mexico and came across this gem. It was absolutely stunning and very quiet ! I highly recommend visiting this park.  more »
  • Fantastic visitor’s center. Sites are a decent drive away from it, however. Sandstone Bluffs and Lava Falls were both amazing. For young kids (who listen carefully) the tadpoles within the Sandstone.....  more
    Fantastic visitor’s center. Sites are a decent drive away from it, however. Sandstone Bluffs and Lava Falls were both amazing. For young kids (who listen carefully) the tadpoles within the Sandstone.....  more »
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  • Amazing! I’m from NW NM and never knew this kind of beauty existed in the state! Now when people comment on how beautiful NM is, I will heartily agree. This little known National Monument is worth retiring off the interstate to visit. We all loved climbing on the rocks at Sandstone Bluffs Overlook - what a view! Further up the road is La Ventana Natural Arch. I was expecting something small, but was amazed at the size of the arch! Forget Utah National Parks - NM has amazing rock formations too!
  • Gorgeous varied monument! We had fun walking over the lava, so many different varieties of wildflowers, the natural arch was beautiful, sandstone bluffs was fantastic. We recommend 👌
  • Only drove through on the highway, but it was very beautiful. I had to stop a couple times for photos. Lovely rock formations rise above you, sprouting from the sage plains.
  • Visiting the bluffs was much better this time around! Last time it was so windy that the sand and dirt painfully whipped our skin, but it was a still and clear day. Love being able to free climb the rocks without any clear trail. Only wish I had more time to read a book amongst the rocks
  • A rarity, a new(ish) national monument that's part of the National Park Service, not BLM. I grew up in this area, and a few years ago, returned for the first time as an adult. Wish I had been able to fit more time in, but what I got was nice.

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