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El Malpais National Monument

1900 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, New Mexico 87020 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Tue 6a
  • Independent
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“volcanoes, caves & eerie formations”

The El Malpais National Monument takes is nam,e from the Spanish word "malpais", meaning barren. The monument is located on the Zuni-Bandera volcanic fields. The landscape contains lava flows and cinder cones.

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Reviewed by
DanielleBehar

  • Road Warrior
  • 43 Reviews
  • 52 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

The views were amazing, but you need to make sure where you are going!
Several address are incorrect, and cell service is not reliable... so make sure you know where you are going and bring a map (yes, old school map)! just so you can find your way around when your GPS gets you lost! Ha-Ha!!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DedraCraigBranigan

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
November 22, 2016
Rated 2.0

Closed from the beginning of October thru the end of February. Stop at the visitors center off exit 85 for information and directions

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
chelsekile

  • 10 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 03, 2020
Rated 5.0

The address listed as well as the address in GPS will take you to the visiting center, best way to take is exit 89 and go south and you will be on the scenic road through the park. The La Ventana arch is beautiful and a short walk from the parking lot, very easy to find, and we also did the Lava Fields loop which is super beautiful, but the trail is a little hard to follow, so just a tip to follow the rock piles to know which way to go exactly!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Amandalaugh

  • 2 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
July 10, 2014

You need to go to 1900 E. Santa Fe to the visitor center to get free cave passes if you want to explore. GPS will still take you to the wrong place so look for signs.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
hangalen7

  • 7 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
March 04, 2014

There is primitive camping with a free permit from the office. Location tag is wrong on RT's map. To get to the park exit 89 off hwy 40 onto 117 heading south. There is also a BLM free? primitive campground just south of BLM Office on Hwy 117.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Patrick

  • 86 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
September 12, 2021
Rated 5.0

VC was closed due to COVID but a Ranger was still available to give directions. I love this park site for its geological history as well as the wilderness aspect to it. Enjoy the silence and solitude.

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Reviewed by
jasoncaylor

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 28, 2019
Rated 1.0

Wrong address

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Reviewed by
LAmotherdragonfly

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 27, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful stop. Clean restroom, helpful Rangers, perfect weather to stretch legs and entertain kids.

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Reviewed by
crystallcolson

  • 12 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
November 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

This place was pretty neat and definitely off the beaten path. We didn't get to enjoy the 'tours' or any hiking. We were just passing through and needed a campsite. Very basic site but FREE and was full when we arrived. People were very nice and helpful. Caution: The road to the campsite is very rocky and bumpy. Wouldn't recommend for low vehicles or sports cars.

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Reviewed by
TheCarneys

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 31, 2017
Rated 1.0

The location that the gps address gives you is in the middle of the road, 15 miles short of the desired destination. A sign on the road not far from where the navigation says "you have arrived" tells you that the El Malpais National Monument is 15 miles up the road. So if you were stopping here because you thought it was right off the 40 you will be greatly disappointed.

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El Malpais National Monument

1900 E Santa Fe Ave
Grants, New Mexico
87020 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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