Narrows Rim Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Narrows Rim Trail is a refreshing change of pace from the rugged, jagged lava flow hikes in the El Malpais area. This trail skirts the rim of the sandstone cliffs on the eastern side of the El Malpais, traversing sand and sandstone as it climbs gently through open woods.
Along the entire length of the trail, hikers are beckoned away from the tread to the cliff edge to drink in the views. Because the rim is located at the Narrows, a place where the lava from the McCarty’s crater flowed within yards of the base of the sandstone walls, the view is straight down onto the almost-fresh lava. From above, cracks, squeeze-ups, pressure ridges, and frozen lava lobes are in plain sight and easy to recognize. To top it off, the trail ends at an overlook of La Ventana, one of the largest natural arches in New Mexico."