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Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center

1900 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-4014
+1 505-876-2783
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A worthwhile stop for info or a picnic

Definitely a great place to stop for info, education, and a really nice picnic area. A few years... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
VERONICA M
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Taos, New Mexico
Take Exit 85 off Interstate 40 for this excellent visitor's center

The building looked new. Although the sign at Exit 85 said El Malpais Visitor's Center, it is... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2017
capitollover
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Austin, Texas
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good12%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“great film” (2 reviews)
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1900 E Santa Fe Ave, Grants, NM 87020-4014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely a great place to stop for info, education, and a really nice picnic area. A few years ago a friend and I stopped here because we noticed they had picnic tables not far from the entrance. It was perfect. Then we went inside to...More

Thank VERONICA M
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The building looked new. Although the sign at Exit 85 said El Malpais Visitor's Center, it is actually for all of Northwest New Mexico. It seems to be operated by the National Park Service. They have 3 different films, the shortest of which is 8...More

Thank capitollover
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Went caving through the Xenolith Cave with great instructions from the ranger at the center. What a great experience! Can't wait to visit again.

Thank Kris C
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

This is now called the El Malpais Visitors Center. The shorter film (8 minutes) gives a great overview including info about the volcanic activity and that's the one to opt for especially if you have children along. The longer film, 26 minute, is good, but...More

Thank PattyMcC7
Reviewed 21 October 2016

It appears that this used to be the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center but when we visited there was a temporary sign as you drive in that shows it to be the Visitor Center for El Malpais National Monument which is part of the National...More

4  Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Beautifully laid out and equipped travel welcome center with capable and helpful staff, some rooms accommodate an exhibition giving you an overview of the local tribal cultures and history although much of this repeats itself over and over again in the outlying parks and museums....More

2  Thank northernneckinn
Reviewed 2 October 2016

It was a good visitor center and a valued service for tourists as this part of New Mexico is not a well known tourist area.All the information needed along with toilets met the mark and a welcome relief from drib=ving with all the transports on...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We almost didn't stop at this center, as it was far back from the road and didn't look very large. Glad we did! Staff was terrific, informative, helped us gain an appreciation for this rather remote area of NM. We saw a great film on...More

Thank snivvy
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We stopped at the Visitor Center, spoke with the rangers, saw the informative (and visually impressive) movie before venturing out to see the area attractions. Got useful information, picked up maps and brochures for things of interest to us in the area, and got some...More

Thank JMLMississippi
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Stopped to pick up some maps. Much more info of the area and very helpful. Nice restaurants, gifts, etc...

Thank Birddawg
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