Feel free to visit or call one of El Malpais National Monument’s visitor centers for more information. PDFs of hiking guides are also available. Map of El Malpais National Monument – extensive lava fields and many other volcanic features in northwest New Mexico, near Grants. El Malpais National Monument is a National Monument located in western New Mexico, in the Map showing the location of El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area. Location, Cibola County, New Mexico, USA.

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We were a couple miles in before turning back. Entry to most caves requires permits in advance of your visit.

They operate two Visitor Centers with natural history displays, literature, maps, and staff with helpful information. This stark landscape preserves one of the best continuous geologic records of volcanism on the planet.

County Road 42, a dirt road, provides access to the backcountry’s primitive dirt roads. El Malpais is south of the town of Grants. Wikivoyage has a travel moonument for El Malpais National Monument.

El Malpais National Monument – Travel guide at Wikivoyage

Cool arch just steps from parking. The Park area is very slightly south and very slightly east of Grants, NM. Turns out this place is amazing and one of the best parks Reviewed November 2, Spectacular! Good to see once.


In other languages Add links. We did not go the whole way, as it began to get hot with little shade.

We decided to skip going into The nearest major airport is in Albuquerqueabout 90 miles km away and only slightly farther from El Malpais than Gallup is. Winter snowstorms are common and nights are cold with below freezing temperatures.

El Malpais National Monument

Good hiking shoes or boots and maybe a hiking stick should be all you need. Someone mentioned this was closed. New Mexico Tourism Department. El Malpais National Monument. Pahoehoe lava flow in El Malpais National Monument. The “no dogs” tag on AllTrails is also incorrect; the sign in the parking lot states all El Malpais trails are dog friendly but to consider the trail surface, obviously. Easy hikes to the cave and volcano! Reviewed November 8, Great landscape. What I would recommend, malpaais you are seriously interested, is stopping at a gas station in Grants they are on each side of I and actually asking someone how to get to the National Park Service building.

The park’s visitor center has a few books, postcards, and other souvenirs available for sale.

Map of El Malpais National Monument

Monumenh unique views of caves and the volcano cone. The area around El Malpais was used for resources, settlement, and travel by Oasisamerica culturesNative Americansand Spanish colonial and pioneer exploration. I am from Arizona and rocks we have, and cliffs Chilies are made into green and red chile a sauce used to cover various dishes or into green or red chile stew chunky stew with potatoes, chile, pork, chicken or beef.


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Share another experience before you go. Reviewed November 8, Impressive geology. Molten lava spread out over the high desert from dozens of eruptions to create cinder cones, shield volcanos, collapses, trenches, caves, and other eerie formations.

See all 4 replies. El Malpais National Monument, Grants: Reviewed 2 weeks ago Beautiful area. Especially if many trucks are on the road. This park travel guide to El Malpais National Monument has guide status. This trail as written was completely fine for our dog except for the scrambling near the end ; the trail literally only crosses volcanic rock twice for maybe 10 feet total.