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Experience an Extreme Land The primeval black basalt terrain of El Malpais was created by volcanic forces over the past million years. Molten lava spread out over the high desert from dozens of eruptions to create cinder cones, shield volcanos, collapses, trenches, caves, and other eerie formations. This stark landscape preserves one of the best continuous geologic records of volcanism on the planet.

lost our way, trail is not established and trail app map was incorrect.

hiking
8 days ago

The is a nice trail with pretty views, though it does get monotonous. The trail isn't always clear, but the route is well-marked with cairns. It ends with a view of La Ventana, which is a great place to rest and have a snack before heading back. It was an enjoyable hike in the winter, though I imagine it gets very hot in the summer due to the lack of shade.

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent challenge for novice hikers and plenty of unusual scenery to keep the more experienced equally engaged. I hiked this on a weekday late afternoon in mid February and didn’t run into a single person. This trail is well marked and easy for the average hiker, but as others have stated, rough at times due to the volcanic rock (depending on which return route you take) - hiking boots are recommended.

hiking
14 days ago

It was a good hike.

Easy going hike to the volcano and ice cave. This was a fun little road stop!

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views. Trail is not distinct at times, but hikers have created small cairns to lead the way. Small patches of snow in the shade. Trail surface varies between very soft sand and rocky.

Good to see once. Interesting

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible geological site to see!!

nice trail, nice and long, very little elevation. ....watch them ankles......watch for cairns and wood post to guide you along.......

Lava rocks. It’s tough but it’s a good workout.
Plan for water, hat and good hiking shoes.

Fun and simple trail

The huge rock formations are other worldly in places. Its very cool.

3 months ago

The trail is very short, the view is spectaular!

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely get the free caving permits from the ranger station and check the caves out. Take a helmet and a light!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice Hike! Don't let the lack of elevation change fool you! If you have never hiked on Lava rock before it can get tough in spots. Don't forget to knock out the El Calderon loop trail if you have time. just a short drive from this trailhead.

10 months ago

get a permit at the ranger's office (no advance registration needed), get a map, bring headlamp and helmet (kneepad if you have them) and go explore the caves! we did all four caves in half a day: Junction (short and easy), Xenolith (a bit difficult and narrow), ice caves (super short like a joke), and big skylight. all pretty beginner friendly but fun and beautiful. I have a fwd and it's fine on the road.

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Short walk back to the arch. Nice stop to do in the area. Good for all the family even on a hot day.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The caves were rad! It was cold once you got inside the caves - wear a light jacket.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

fyi - closed on veterans day

Friday, November 11, 2016

loved it!

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