Malpais Nature Trail

EASY 40 reviews

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.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

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walking

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wildlife

A paved loop trail through a Lava flow.

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no shade
4 months ago

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7 months ago

lava, cool lava.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for viewing valley of fire.

hiking
11 months ago

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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Mon Jan 07 2019

valley of fires always rocks

Thu Oct 11 2018

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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Wed Jul 18 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Dec 22 2017

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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Sun Aug 20 2017

This was just the road trough the park. We scouted our the camping areas and found a hill to climb with telescopes to view the distant ranges. Great informational map to orient yourself with too.

hiking
Thu Jun 22 2017

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!

hiking
Wed Jun 26 2013

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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Sat May 25 2013

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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Thu Sep 02 2010

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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