Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in El Malpais National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike, some slight up hill grades. Make sure that you continue up the rim trail for really nice views of the volcano bowl and surrounding countryside.

Nice easy hike. Yes a little rough trail and little up hill but pretty easy. Some unique views of caves and the volcano cone.

hiking
21 days ago

Cool arch just steps from parking

Recommend starting early from the Acoma side.Started from the Zuni side and regretted it.Dogs are only fine if your camping half way or only hiking part of it.Learn from my dumb mistake don’t take dogs after March and if so not all the way

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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

hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

Incredible geological site to see!!

3 months ago

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

5 months ago

The trail is very short, the view is spectaular!

hiking
11 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.

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!

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

loved the ice caves, view from crater was pretty nice. Easy Trail

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

i've hiked this trail many times and always enjoy it. as stated, it is a vista lovers trail, and i count myself among those. the trail itself is easy to follow but does vary from sandy to rocky and uneven, i've noticed my normal pace is much slower on this trail than others, mostly because of the uneven surface (and lots of photo-ops).

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fun hike. Easy hike. I took my whole family. There are two trails. One trail winds around the volcano and the other takes you down to the ice cave. Pretty informative and fun for kids. It does require a 10$ fee.

on Narrows Rim Trail

hiking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Great hike! I was glad to have my hiking stick along with me though. Several places with ankle twisting rocks along the path.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

This route takes you off the main hwy and lets you see the real country. Many hiking, camping opportunities.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Just beautiful! My 2 boys (8 and 10) enjoyed the easy hike. Wonderful views!

hiking
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

If you love vistas, this hike is for you. Recommend hiking boots or shoes as you will be hiking on rocky terrain. Easy trail to follow with many rock cairns. Almost complete exposure to the sun the entire hike.

hiking
Friday, August 14, 2015

This is one of my favorite trails particularly in fall and winter. This trail follows the mesa's edge in El Malpais. The trail is easy to follow with sandy footing in some places. What makes this trail stunning are the views to the west over the black lava flows. Then, as the trail continues and turns east you will be treated to a view down overlooking La Ventana. it's a great spot for lunch or a snack before you make your way back down to the parking lot at the trail head.

hiking
Saturday, June 08, 2013

An enjoyable and scenic hike to the crater with nice views all along the trail, ending in a good view at the entire crater of the extinct volcano. I was amazed by the ice caves which remain frozen year round due to the insulating qualities of the lava tubes in which they are formed.

walking
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pretty informative information located throughout the trail to the Ice Cave. A short easy walk. The volcano is an easy hike. Beautiful scenery and weird at the same time.lol Requires a fee and it was $10 per person when I went.

walking
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Awesome trail but better to be prepared with hiking shoes for walking on lava. Went summertime and its was HOT!

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