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Malpais Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carrizozo, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 29 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Paved Views Wildlife No shade Fee
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A paved loop trail through a Lava flow. There is a cash fee at the entrance.

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Cassandra Adams
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Hiking

Nice short walk on paved path to see some interesting lava formations. You can get off the pavement and wander through the lava. There was a small rattlesnake sunning itself in the middle of the path mid morning.

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Michelle Savoie
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Good, short hike through the lava flow. Visitor’s center is closed, but we were given a brochure of the trail by a man who worked there. We were the only people on the trail, which was nice since it’s a sidewalk and would be difficult to pass by other people and keep a reasonable distance. No shade, so we made a semi-quick trek while taking some photos and reading the educational signs throughout the trail. Also went to the overlook further into the park, but didn’t climb to the very top for fear of rattlesnakes. Probably would have been safe, but we weren’t taking any chances. Take water and sunscreen. You’ll need it. There is a fee, which is posted at the entrance. You have to take an envelope from the bin and put your money in, then tear off the stub for your dashboard. Made use of the bathrooms, which were very clean. Campsites looked nice.

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Gloria Thompson
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Hiking

Nice, hot stroll through history

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Michelle Savoie
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Jennavie Angelone
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5 dollar per car fee. Beautifully designed nature trail. A lot of great information. Very easy hike, we clocked in at one mile. It took an hour and a half at very leisurely pace with a dog. Some benches along with way if you need a rest. Overall good easy hike, recommended for seniors and families.

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Jeff Robinson
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Lynn Platow
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Walking

Pretty little walk. Just as described. Beautiful paved boardwalk trail. Great lava flow and plantlife. Make sure you get the map from the visitor center for landmark callouts.

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Amber Biram-Hillstrom
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MandM Geiger
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Walking

lava, cool lava.

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DeWayne Hansen
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Hiking

Great trail for viewing valley of fire.

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Cameron Dunn
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Hiking

Simple and quick trail. The rock formations and plants make it a scenic stroll. I would recommend anyone passing by this area to stop and check it out. Worth a visit

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Jen B
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Beautiful and easy stroll on pavement among an ancient lava field. Gorgeous views and interesting desert life to be found here. A lovely little campground sits up above, and it looks to have decent facilities including showers. We spent about an hour here after a visit to nearby Carrizozo, and were very glad we took the time to visit.

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John White
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Nature trips

Great little loop on the lava beds. Many birds, reptiles, and insects to see. Path is paved, and you can venture off onto the beds themselves. For the experienced hiker you can consult the park staff about trekking to the vent itself.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

Quite interesting walk. The lava fields are great and the walk is easy.I was quite impressed with the 600 year old juniper.

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Becky Yu
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Hiking

Nicely maintained (BLM) 3/4-1 mile paved trail (handicap friendly-including wheelchairs), with 14 'information points' so you learn about the Lava field, wildlife & plants of the area. Takes 60-90 minutes and has good photography capability throughout. Better to go early morning/evening to see/hear more wildlife moving about. There are also numerous picnic & camping areas with water/electric & dump stations, & restrooms/showers. Information/gift shop has BLM maps, as well as other related books-including children's books/toys. Definitely could/will do this again!

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Carissa Brealey
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Hiking

My 3 kids (ages 9, 8, and 5) did this hike with our black lab on Mothers Day 2013, and we all really liked it. I had done this hike in the past and remember it being more "out on the lava", which I liked at the time, but the current hike is very accessible and not at all strenuous. This hike actually got my kids interested in hiking and has led to many more similar adventures since. This hike is pretty short and definitely what I would rate as easy, but it is well worth the trip. I've never seen anything else like it!

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Jack Tatsch
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Hiking

This trail starts going down about a 100' bluff; but is not steep at all. A series of switchbacks make the slope very easy. Several markers are along the way; and with the available brochure, you can be informed as you traverse the trail.

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Krysta Hucke
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Walking
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This place is really, really unusual. The path is paved, so it is stroller and wheel chair accessible. The walk will take you over a field of lava for as far as you can see. I especially like how you can see the peak of the volcano that formed the lava flow.

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Kevin Taylor
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Kelly Seyal
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Myra Nez
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