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El Malpais National Conservation Area

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Address: Grants, NM

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An overlook at 300 million years of geology

An amazing place, from the second largest arch in NM to a closeup look at 100 million year old lava flows. The overlook into the conservation area is absolutely breathtaking. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Paul M
Berkeley Springs, WV
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Berkeley Springs, WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place, from the second largest arch in NM to a closeup look at 100 million year old lava flows. The overlook into the conservation area is absolutely breathtaking. It takes 30 minutes off the highway to reach the area but the drive is well worth the effort. It is well maintained but not commercialized at all and you... More 

Thank Paul M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The drive alone is stunning, but there's more than that. Some great hiking. Walk along an incredible lava flow, see a natural arch (La Ventana) and some amazing sandstone.

Thank DeanneHA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Views of El Malpais lava flows surround the area. I found the South Narrows Picnic Sites along Hwy. 117 to be clean and well maintained.

Thank Charles H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is a large area and correctly called El Malpais as this means Badlands in Spanish. The whole area has scattered basalt rock that goes back 100,000 plus years and well worth a visit.

Thank Oldjack
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

On my return drive from Chicago back home to Tucson I stayed the 2nd night in Albuquerque, NM. For my last day of driving I decided to take the scenic route thru eastern Arizona's White Mts. The route took me from I-40 west of Albuquerque to US 60 Hwy via New Mexico Hwy 117 at I-40 exit 89. Hwy 117... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

This place is so beautiful and we'll worth the drive and time! Everyone should see this natural beauty!!

Thank Amanda F
England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We stopped here on our way to the Bandera Volcano attraction which was a nice combination. The visitors centre has a nice shop with reasonably priced items (I bought a lovely shirt there). They have a Junior Park Ranger Badge that the children can complete within 1-3 hours. Doing the badge work gave mine a sense of shared responsibility for... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

We took Highway 117 south from near Grants on the way to Globe Arizona and what a treat. Not only was the scenery beautiful, there were no crowds and we had a real feeling of sharing this beauty with nature and each other. If you have time take this road and a few others to Phoenix and see some beauty... More 

Thank Joe H
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2015

Be careful getting here, our GPS took us to the Administrative Center instead of the National Park - we tried several different navigation programs to no avail. Finally stopped to get directions from a local. Look for the El Malpais National Conservation area sign right off the freeway. The road will take you in to the Visitor Center - there... More 

Thank Stephanie M
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2014

While driving back to Tucson from Albuquerque, I decided to go the "long" way. It just happened to take me through the El Malpais Conservation Area. When you stumble across something unexpected, a drive you anticipate to be boring suddenly becomes fascinating. El Malpais was one of those discoveries. I stopped at the Visitor Center and some lovely seniors were... More 

Thank Rosemary P

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