Hike Past An Ancient Lava Flow On Lava Falls Trail In New Mexico

Thousands of years ago, a huge lava flow forced its way up to the surface when McCartys Crater erupted. The lava covered a vast swath of the landscape, and today that land is part of the El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area, which covers more than 350,000 acres. Explore some of this magical place by taking the Lava Falls Trail.

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The Lava Falls Trail takes you across a magical landscape during your short, one-mile journey. Take your time and enjoy the views!

For more information about the Lava Falls Trail, check out the national park’s trail guide, and visit the El Malpais National Monument’s website.