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over grown
scramble
2 months ago

Tough trail to follow. It's easy enough to circle the sandstone bluffs bushwacking but I would highly recommend following the Alltrails map closely to get down off the bluffs and to climb back up. The trail itself is a has a variety of surfaces none of which are lava. There are a couple of barbed wire fence crossings but the worst is saved for the last if you go counterclockwise - recommended as the scramble down might be quite a bit more difficult. The climb back up to the top if the bluff is challenging and, as noted in an earlier review, not recommended for dogs unless they are part Mtn goat. Along the same lines it is advisable to hike this with a partner due to the climb/scramble back up the bluffs. We gave the trail a 3 star rating but it received ratings from 1 to 4 from our group. I quite liked the views from above and below but our group found the scramble quite challenging, hence the variety of ratings.

Pretty views of the Bluffs

hiking
4 months ago

Extremely rocky! Neat lava formations.

walking
7 months ago

If you love archaeology, Anthropology, History, Geology, or anything with the south west this is a great place to check out. It is like going back 1000 years in time. The pueblo people try very hard to keep this ancient city as it was hundreds of years ago. The People are very friendly and our guide was Alden. He was awesome to be with for the tour.

good views

hiking
8 months ago

I have been wanting to hike this trail for years and finally had the chance - and I am so happy that I did!!! It was an amazing journey...the terrain was challenging...but not as rough as I had anticipated. I hope to hike this again in the future! One rattlesnake sighting

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Must do in the area. Offers some of the best views. I did not see another soul on the trail

hiking
9 months ago

tough hike, we did it in 3 hours and change, but were booking it

hiking
10 months ago

had great difficulty finding the trail. was a great adventure in the end.

hiking
Tue Oct 30 2018

Great hike. Went with the kids. They had a great time. The lava flow will eat your shoes like I eat tacos. By the way that is really fast.

hiking
Tue Oct 02 2018

Beautiful place, the contrast of black Lava to white Sandstone is artful... brilliant area to visit...

Wed Jul 11 2018

First off - Great trail BUT would not say it is dog friendly - UNLESS they’re wearing booties. Went Sunday and Kals paws (my GSD) were cut badly. She’s had trouble walking the last few days. Paws are still not completely healed. Mostly my fault and I feel terrible! Just FYI for those of you who would not realize this. We were a couple miles in before turning back. Stay safe! -K

Thu May 31 2018

The guide description is spot on! El Malpais is Spanish for “the badlands” and there could never be a more appropriate term for the terrain here. Expect some very jagged and sharp edges on the lava beds – there’s no flat surface to walk on except for the occasional sand intervals between the beds. The rock cairns are plentiful and you need to pay close attention to the route that they take you on…that route will be the best pathway to take you through this obstacle course even though some climbing may be involved. But you also need to pay heed to the lava at your feet. There are some deep fissures in much of the bed. Hiking boots are essential with the highly irregular surface. I found that the lava bed surface to be much like jagged blacktop and not at all slippery like slickrock. But the lava bed is razor blade sharp and a fall would probably result in serious injury. There’s a strange kind of beauty in the desolation here. This trail is part of the 3100 mile Continental Divide Trail that roughly follows the actual Continental Divide between Mexico and Canada and if you’re lucky (like I was) you might encounter a backpacker making the journey.

on Sandstone Bluffs Trail

hiking
Mon Apr 30 2018

This listing and some of the reviews seem to be referring to several different trails. The route shown here is definitely not easy. My husband and I are experienced hikers, and we lost the trail a few times. I would rate it as moderate most of the way for the routefinding needed. However, as written, this route has grades of more than 50% near the end. That is because it is a class 3 scramble. Definitely NOT easy or even moderate, especially when two people are trying to get a 60 pound dog up the rock face. We kept checking the AllTrails app thinking we were off trail, but we were right on route. The "no dogs" tag on AllTrails is also incorrect; the sign in the parking lot states all El Malpais trails are dog friendly (but to consider the trail surface, obviously). This trail as written was completely fine for our dog (except for the scrambling near the end); the trail literally only crosses volcanic rock twice for maybe 10 feet total. Most of the trail is sand/sandstone. Note that there are not views of the Ventana Arch from this trail. (Though there are a couple smaller natural arches that are cool!) Overall a nice trail; just be prepared, as the route currently shown does not match the rating or description.

Sun Mar 25 2018

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

on Zuni-Acoma Trail

Wed Jan 10 2018

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

Thu Jan 04 2018

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

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

hiking
Mon May 01 2017

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
Mon Jan 02 2017

Interesting place to visit especially for the history. I visited here about 17 years ago. You don't have to do the 26 mi trek into the Mesa. You can drive to the base and walk up. Though if I had the time the 26 mi trek would have been the more authentic approach.

hiking
Wed Jul 13 2011

A nice hike. Good, early morning. Bring plenty of water and good shoes. Tarrain is mostly over lava rock.

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