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El Malpais National Conservation Area reviews
Such a cool area with great views, photography options, and perfect places to stretch your legs while on a road trip. Great area to stop while traveling.
Such a cool area with great views, photography options, and perfect places to stretch your legs while on a road trip. Great area to stop while traveling. more »
Adjoining the National Monument that shares the same name, the El Malpais National Conservation Area adds thousands of acres of wild landscape to be visited. Bluffs, lava fields and boulder strewn...
Adjoining the National Monument that shares the same name, the El Malpais National Conservation Area adds thousands of acres of wild landscape to be visited. Bluffs, lava fields and boulder strewn... more »
Take the exit off of I-40 for NM 117 (near Grants) and head south. After only a short drive you will find yourself driving through the wondrous El Malpais National Conservation Area. We stopped at..... more
Take the exit off of I-40 for NM 117 (near Grants) and head south. After only a short drive you will find yourself driving through the wondrous El Malpais National Conservation Area. We stopped at..... more »
Beautiful beyond belief and so much to see in this area. The sandstone bluffs came highly recommended by the locals and certainly didn't disappoint! The heights we're dizzying and the view was magnificent. The history of the area and it's significance of the indigenous population of several tribes was interesting to experience and explore. Highly recommend making this a priority and must see.
A very interesting place. The lava flow from this shield volcano was quite high. I liked being able to walk on the lava and see all the interesting plants and trees that have taken root in it. Their are many types of flowering plants. You can see the regrowth of the trees nearby that had been damaged. I wish the trail had markers to follow. I didn't see any. The information marker says the trail is 1.1 miles. Have good tennishoes or hiking boots for the trail. It can be a little rough. Their is a restroom by the parking lot with a pit toilet. Their are two picnic tables with grills. Their is no shade. The road in is a little steep but I saw trucks with long campers, etc. The road is gravel which seems to be only one lane. I passed a small car. I wish it were bigger. Note: Really long campers may have some difficulty turning around in the parking lot. The length is maybe the size of a really long camper and truck but the width is the size of a medium to small camper and truck.
Really awesome and Beautiful area. Decided to take the scenic route through to Albuquerque and I was not disappointed. Climbing up the sandstone bluffs and overlooking the ancient lava flow was magical. I heard there are bat caves and you can watch them come out on sunset. Next adventure through I think I might go check that out
Rock formations are breathtaking! Lava beds all over the place. This is a must see place to see when in the area. There is a picnic area halfway through the route. We saw deer, elk and a rare Mexican Gray wolf. What a treat! These pictures were taken in the beginning of Spring, mid April. We will be back to this place and explore its beauty.
There is much more to El Malpais than meets the eye. You could spend weeks here and not hike the same area or see the same things. Some of the jewels are difficult to get and even dangerous if you are not prepared, but the varied topography and geological features are awesome. I hesitate to mention there are tons of Pioneer and Native American ruins to be found and if you do find them, PLEASE, do not disturb them or stand or sit on them and definitely don't take things. Don't forget the Lava Tubes, as they are a unique feature. Some of my pics cover the Conservation Area and others the national Monument. They literally are interconnected, so I often share things about them interchangeably, even though they do have separate organizations for operating them and slightly different rules for usage. I'd recommend going when it is not at the height of summer, as it can be brutally hot on the black lava rock. The forested areas are not so bad, but will still be hot. Drink lots of water, as people have died here due to heat and overexertion .
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