Images of Beautiful Places
El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
El Malpais lies in the
high desert of New Mexico, about an hour's drive west of Albuquerque. El Malpais means
"the bandlands" in Spanish.
Pictured here from the
Sandstone Bluffs Overlook, these badlands are one of the best examples of a recent
lava flow in the continental U.S. They were formed about 2000-3000 years ago when lava
poured out of McCartys Crater.
A pleasant day on the
Sandstone Bluffs during early February.
View of the El Malpais badlands from a trail along the Narrows
View of the El Malpais lava flow from the ground. The terrain
is jagged, abraisive, and difficult to hike on.
Close-up view of volcanic
rock in El Malpais badland.
La Ventana Arch as
seen from Hwy 117.
Close-up of La Ventana
Arch from trail.
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by Donald A. Klosterman, Ph.D., Dayton, Ohio, USA