El Malpais literally means Badlands and you can see why as the remqains of blck lva is everywhere.. It is a rugged landscape with a lot of different activities and sights.
I fell in love with El Malpais from the moment I realised that all that black stuff by the side of I-40 heading west into Grants was an old lava flow. Next day I headed down the 117 which skirts the eastern flank of El Malpais and the massive area covered by the lava. The Sandstone Bluffs Overlook is simply... 更多
We saw a sign for the arch and decided to try it. I was very disappointed. I expected an arch like Monument Valley but it actually is just a depression in the sandstone where rocks have fallen. Disappointing!!
New Mexico Route 117 should be a Scenic Byway. The terrain is varied and beautiful. At El Malpais National Monument take a hike over lava beds and take a photo at the Ventana Arch.
This is a large area that's divided into different sections. I didn't have time to explore all of it but the areas I got to were very scenic. I did the Lava Falls Trail to start with, only a short trail (about 30 minutes) but it puts you into the middle of a field of basalt lava flows and the... 更多
The El Malpais National Monument is a testament to natures forces & time. This beautiful natural arch can be viewed from your vehicle. A short hike on a smooth pathway will get you up close to the arch. This entire area has much to offer those who enjoy backcountry hiking, sightseeing, etc.
There is a lot of climbing if you go on the rock. Too hot for middle of afternoon in summer. Go early and see what early explorers left their signature here!
We took the kids to the visitor center to get our National Park Passports stamped and then drove to the Sandstone Bluffs and the Arch. There are lots of places to stop for a picnic lunch - but beware of the facilities, they can get a little ripe in the summer. The view from the bluffs was awesome! We just... 更多
El Malpais National Monument is not your run of the mill vacation spot. It is made up of lava fields, lava tubes and ice caves. Mostly you make your own itinerary here, don't expect a spoon fed experience. If you are the independent sort who likes a challenging hike with awesome rewards at the destination, El Malpais is your kind... 更多