Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

El Malpais Narrows Short - Lava Falls Loop Hike
In El Malpais Region

Hike Id H10621
Last Update 2018-05-22 22:02:47.0
Hike Class B
Hike Miles 5.0
Minimum Elevation 7109
Elevation Gain 200
Total Uphill 290
Total Downhill 290
Avg Grade 8 %
Route Type Multiple Hikes
Drive Miles Round Trip 140
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Sprg, Fall
Hike Rating (Hike not rated)
New Mexico Game Unit 13
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights An opportunity to view the El Malpais lava fields from above, then get a taste of actually walking in one.

Cautions Bring hiking poles for stability and wear sturdy hiking boots. You might also wear gloves just in case.

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.

For the Lava Falls Loop hike, from The Narrows trailhead, drive south about 7 mi to the Lava Falls entrance road on the right. Drive a short distance to the trailhead.

Actual Hike Hike about half of the El Malpais Narrows hike and the short Lava Falls Loop hike.

At Lava Falls Loop, do not leave one cairn until the next is in sight! There are pamphlets available at the trailhead for the interpretive trail or view the pamphlet online.

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THE NARROWS: N34 50.379, W107 54.669
HWY117/LAVA FALLS RD: N34 44.596, W107 57.755
LAVA FALLS: N34 43.976, W 10758.633

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Text Author Dawn McIntyre
Map Author Dawn McIntyre
Waypoints Author Dawn McIntyre
Maintainer Dawn McIntyre