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Address: El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM

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Good time despite a brief stay

Our family visited El Malpais National Monument on a recent Monday afternoon. Since we were also going to nearby El Morro National Monument we chose to stop at the El Calderon... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Our family visited El Malpais National Monument on a recent Monday afternoon. Since we were also going to nearby El Morro National Monument we chose to stop at the El Calderon trail due to them being located off the same highway. The trail is located on the western part of the park which is accessed from highway 53 off exit... More 

Thank GoVols79
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

The ground was flat and an easy walk and there were some intersting sites on this area of El papais which erupted 115,000 years ago.There is a great deal of lava activity and old basalt rock, a few caves and pretty country. Not the best park but worth a visit.

Thank Oldjack
Placitas, New Mexico
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walk back in time on this trail to see collapsed lava tubes and its cinder cone. A nice 3.8 mile loop takes you to where rivers of lava over 115,000 years ago created the lava trenches and tubes. It's pretty exposed so bring plenty of water and sun screen. Part of the loop trail are also part of the Continental... More 

2 Thank 44dave56
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

We were in the area and saw the sign for the trail. The trail is very flat except for the short climb to the scenic overlook. Very cool sites on the trail including caves, sinkholes, lava trenches, and the volcano overlook.

1 Thank Z06Traveler
Gallup, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

This is an easy 3.8 mile path past some interesting features including some really scary sinkholes. This is an easy hiking path that is mostly level and easy to follow.

Thank NMtraveler47042
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Reviewed 21 June 2015

Entering the caves requires specific safety equipment - flashlights, helmut, gloves, appropriate clothing. No one should entercaves alone. Free cave permit available at ranger station. Cave entry requires decent into ground opening. Then work your way underground. Short hike to access any of 2 caves.

Thank EllenBread
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Reviewed 20 June 2015

Interesting geology and explanations along the trail. Trail is well marked. It is fun to be in an extinct volcano.

Thank Francine C
Washington State
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

This is a well-maintained trail that is easy on the dogs paws-- the other trails in El Malpais are not due to the lava. But if you take your dog, you can't enter the cave- just be aware of that before you go. El Calderon is a loop trail where you'll see caves, sinks, a lava trench and a cinder... More 

Thank CracklinTulip
New Mexico
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

Wonderful visit, but very dangerous for children and anyone who has an aversion to heights- especially at the "Double Sinks". If you think this is too dangerous, then just don't do it!

Thank tellingbird
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

A great trail (5 miles or so, if you are planning to go in the summer, try early or late in the day) A well signed trail, through great countryside. This area of New Mexico abounds in stunning countryside

3 Thank IanGBradford

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