el malpais national monument Trails

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El Malpais National Monument Trails :: Grants, NM

It’s curious how a landscape as beautiful and interesting as this can have a name meaning “the bad land,” which is one way to translate el malpais. To be sure, few people would argue that for commercial and agricultural purposes, the lavafilled valle

El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments: Grants to El Morro :: Grants, NM

A 43-mile paved highway past the lava flows and volcanoes of El Malpais National Monument to the inscriptions of El Morro National Monument. Much of this drive follows the edge of a strange landscape, the lava flow known as the Malpais, or "bad land.

El Malpais National Monument: Sandstone Bluffs :: Cubero, NM

Most visitors at Sandstone Bluffs seem content with the 30-mile view from the overlook. True, the sea of lava and distant mountain peaks are lovely, but the most impressive sights are along an informal path directly below.

El Calderon Trail (easy) :: El Malpais National Monument, NM

El Calderon Trail (easy) is a hiking and biking trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 7,268 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain

Cerritos De Jaspe Road :: El Malpais National Monument, NM

Cerritos De Jaspe Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 7,270 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevatio

Acoma-Zuni Trail :: El Malpais National Monument, NM

Acoma-Zuni Trail is a hiking trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 6,933 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 396 feet. Near

Lava Falls Trail (cairned) :: El Malpais National Monument, NM

Lava Falls Trail (cairned) is a hiking trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 7,123 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 72 fe

Chain of Craters Back Country Byway :: Quemado, NM

A 36-mile Type II byway through rugged volcanic terrain in the El Malpais National Conservation Area. The 36-mile-long Chain of Craters Back Country Byway traverses a rough volcanic country filled with lava flows and cinder cones in El Malpais Nation

El Malpais National Conservation Area: Grants to Quemado :: Quemado, NM

A 78-mile paved highway through sandstone bluffs, natural arches, lava flows, and high plains. The route traverses one of the least populated sections of New Mexico. Once you leave the highway, the traffic dries up and the rugged land and vast sky do

Cdt :: Cibola National Forest, NM

Cdt is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument and Cibola National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 7,517 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total

County Road 62 :: Cibola National Forest, NM

County Road 62 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cibola County, New Mexico. It is within El Malpais National Monument and Cibola National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 7,561 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles wi

El Malpais - El Morro Classic :: Grants, NM

This out-and-back is a favorite with the New Mexico Touring Society, an annual outing they call the El Morro Picnic Ride. Their Web site describes it as a “delightful tour” because it’s moderate and scenic—it’s that and a whole lot more. You will c

The Narrows :: Grants, NM

A day hike that overlooks the vast lava flows of El Malpais National Monument and La Ventana Arch, the second-largest stone arch in New Mexico.

Big Skylight Cave :: Grants, NM

A loop day hike to an extensive lava tube cave system in the lava flows of El Malpais National Monument.

Zuni-Acoma Trail :: Grants, NM

This is a long day hike or overnight trip across the rugged lava flows at El Malpais National Monument. The trail is part of an old Indian trail that connected the villages of Zuni and Acoma. It crosses five different lava flows, the most recent Zun

Grants Area Campgrounds :: Grants, NM

Grants is the oasis in the desert of western New Mexico and has a mixed history of logging, mining, railroading, and pure Wild West. Positioned in the shadow of 11,000-foot Mount Taylor, the city is a perfect place from which to venture off Interstat

Big Tubes :: Grants, NM

The sprawling El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area are jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. They feature some of the most recent lava fl ows in North America, perhaps as young as

Cebolla Wilderness Area Trails :: Grants, NM

The pattern is repeated throughout west-central New Mexico—tawny sandstone cliffs rising to tiered, forested mesas, all separated by broad grassy valleys veined with a network of deep arroyos—but only here, abutting El Malpais National Monument, has

West Malpais Wilderness Area Trails :: Grants, NM

To people for whom wilderness is synonymous with natural grandeur—Yellowstone, the Colorado Rockies, Canyonlands—the West Malpais Wilderness will probably be a disappointment. Sure, the nearby El Malpais National Monument is spectacularly scenic. But

Chain of Craters Wilderness Study Area Trails :: Grants, NM

As its name implies, this wilderness study area on the west side of El Malpais National Monument features a series of volcanic cinder cones, part of the larger volcanic complex here and intended to be part of the overall land-management mosaic. The c