Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

El Malpais Narrows Hike
In El Malpais Region

Hike Id H10130
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:46.0
Hike Class C
Hike Miles 7.7
Minimum Elevation 7109
Elevation Gain 404
Total Uphill 585
Total Downhill 585
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall, Wntr
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 13
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights Mesa top hike with expansive views of El Malpais lava flows and La Ventana arch.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 west for about 70 miles to Exit 89 at Grants. Go south on SR 117 into Malpais, past Acoma-Zuni Trail and Ventana arch. After milepost 36 turn left onto South Narrows Rd and PARK (0.0 mi) at small iron gate.

For additional information on getting to the trailhead, click here.

Actual Hike Trail starts to left of rock outcrop at left of iron gate. Climb up onto bluff and follow well-marked (rock cairns) trail northward following roughly the edge of the bluff to the ARCH VIEW (3.85 mi). Return to parking the way you came.

Comments Trail alternates sandy with rocky but with gentle rise and fall. The hike as good views of the Malpais lava flow to the west of the bluff and road below.

Map created by TOPO!® ©2011 National Geographic

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PARK: N 34 50.227, W 107 54.718
ARCH VIEW: N 34 52.437, W 107 53.686

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GPX:WayTrack, 06May11, Garmin, Dawn McIntyre

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Text Author Roger Holloway
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dawn McIntyre
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre