Narrows Rim Trail

Grants, New Mexico 87020

Narrows Rim Trail

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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"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. This hike climbs slowly up onto the high cliffs that line the east side of El Malpais National Monument. The area is called the Narrows because NM 117 is squeezed into a narrow corridor between the black lava flows of El Malpais and the towering sandstone cliffs that mark the west edge of Cebollita Mesa. The hike follows the edge of the cliffs as they rise to the north and culminates at an overlook of La Ventana Arch, a massive arch carved from sandstone by erosion."

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Easy hike with great views! Watch out for those pesky rattlers, though!

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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
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Skill Level
March through November
USGS Arrosa Ranch and North Pasture
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