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Oct 1, 2014 - El Malpais National Monument

Went through the N/W portion of the park on the way to El Moro National Monument. Not much to see a few long hikes which we did not wish to take. Will visit the S/E part of the Monument in a couple days. El Malpais National Monument Wikipedia

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Oct 1, 2014 - Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave

Took the trail to the Ice Cave. Did Not take the trail to the Volcano Rim. Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave Wikipedia (Ice Cave Definition)

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Jun 30, 2012 - El Malpais Wilderness

We drove out to the El Malpais National Monument Wilderness area. There was a very pretty scenic drive which we took and really enjoyed it. The cliffs and rocks were something. On one side of the road was the cliffs and the other side was the black lava flow rocks. It was like the lava came to the road and stopped. We drove up to the Sandstone Bluffs, looked like a scene from the movies, I expected the cowboys and indians to pop out at any moment. The views were beautiful and we were very high. There was some young men there and one of them...

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Go West Trip 2012

Oct 12, 2010 - El Malpais NM

The last stop of the day ended up taking me on a different road than that loop but it was worth it! I needed to continue on 53 to I-40, go east for 17 miles, then go south on 117 for 25 miles or so. I got it done before sunset and saw the park at the best time of the day for the lighting. The only way to get from one side of the National Monument without going around it is to hike down into the lava bed and up the other side. It takes a real hiker to go down into a field full of sharp lava rocks where it will be hotter than at the edges!

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Jun 22, 2010 - El Mapais NM & El Morro NM, NM

Jun. 22 El Malpais NM, Grants, NM We had to have the camper back down to Freightliner by 9am. Our part is coming UPS and it will take till 4-5 pm to get it done so grandpa decided to go with us. We started out at El Malpais NM in Grants, NM. We stopped at the NW New Mexico Visitor’s Center run by 3 agencies: the National Park Service, Division of Forestry and Bureau of Land Management. We’ve never seen one three in one. We decided to go the furthest first and do the trails while it’s cool this morning. It was only 83. We drove Rt. 53 down...

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Oct 24, 2009 - El Malpais National Monument

We drove out to El Malpais National Monument today. The lava fields extend about 25 miles from Grants to the southern edge of the National Monument. El Malpais means "badlands" in Spanish and really only a few bushes and weeds are growing in the lava fields that are over 3000 years old. These lava flows are the largest in the continental US--Hawaii has larger lava flows. New Mexico's only natural arch is also in the National Monument. We walked up to one lava tube that had reached the surface. It did not look to inviting for a walk! Besides...

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Aug 16, 2009 - North New Mexico and Arizona

Approaching Albuquerque we encounted the very strong winds New Mexico is famous for. I had to fight to keep the rig on the road till we got to the 40 freeway where we pointed our noses west. I sustained heavy damage to the awnings, the one over the slide-out fairing worse, getting completely ripped and in shreds. I had to keep stopping to trim off the flapping strips. After a stop-over in Bluewater State Park we contunied west, being pushed by the strong tailwind into Arizona. South through the Sitgreaves and Tonto Fational Forests and...

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Jul 27, 2008 - On the Road again, Day 2 Heading Northwest

Well, we are on the road again! Day 2 and we woke up to a delicious pancake breakfast (that someone else cooked..yeah!) While we were eating we spotted a hummingbird nest with little teeny tiny baby hummingbirds! The momma bird was named Sami - Never seen baby ones still in the nest. We got on the road about 9:30 and first stopped at Petroglyph National Monument. Too bad there was so much vandalism. The petro's near LC are much better. Had a good hike tho. Next turned south near Grants and headed to Bandera Volcano and the Ice Caves....

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Jul 23, 2006 - El Malpais National Monument

SUNDAY, JULY 23 - LATE AFTERNOON From the VLA I continued west through the Cibola National Forest to Quemado, then north to Techado and finally northeast through the beautiful Cibola Wilderness to Grants. The highway passes along the western edge of the Acoma Indian Reservation. There is some very dramatic scenery, with huge rock hills rising straight up from the valley floor. I stopped a couple of times in El Malpais National Monument to take photos. I guess it's a good thing there weren't very many places big enough for a motorhome to...

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