El Malpais National Monument

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El Malpais National Monument:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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El Malpais National Monument

Address:123 E Roosevelt Ave
Grants, NM 87020

Phone:505-285-4641
Fax:505-285-5661
Web: www.nps.gov/elma/
Size: 114,277 acres.
Established: Established on December 31, 1987.
Location:In the high desert lands south of Grants, New Mexico. Two major state highways border the monument and conservation area, and both are accessed via I-40.
Facilities:Visitor center, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, auto touring, interpretive programs.
Special Features:El Malpais ("the badlands" in Spanish) is a spectacular volcanic area, featuring cinder cones, a 17 mile-long lava tube system, and ice caves. The area is also rich in ancient Pueblo and Navajo Indian history, and features diverse ecosystems.

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Mixed-conifer woodlands cover much of the lava flows at El Malpais National Monument (El Malpais), New Mexico.
Lindsey (1951) initiated rephotographic research in the area during the 1940s by producing a collection of photographs that detailed the flora and geology of El Malpais.
The basalt flows and volcanic craters at El Malpais support a patchwork of shrubs, herbs, and grasses.
Lindsey, of ecological communities and geologic formations on the volcanic badlands in and around El Malpais NM.
Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska; Ribbon of Sand, featuring Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina's Outer Banks; and Remembered Earth, featuring El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico.
Their bodies were found by a huntsman with his dog in a remote area of scrubland known as El Malpais del Roque.
I'm taking a 10-day, 1,000-mile trip that begins and ends in Albuquerque, looping north through Santa Fe and Taos, west to the mysterious Chaco Culture National Historical Park and the living pueblo of Acoma, and south to volcanic El Malpais National Monument and revitalized Silver City.
The next day, 140 miles south, I visit El Malpais National Monument.
Situated just a bit east of El Malpais, Acoma was founded around 1100 on one of the most spectacularly defensive sites in the Pueblo world: the flat top of a 370-foot mesa.
It traveled through several areas that are now national park units, including Big Bend National Park, El Malpais National Monument, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and El Morro.
A trailside colony of about 9,000 Mexican free-tailed bats inhabits El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico.
Also in the works are plans for a visitor center at El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico that will incorporate passive solar heating, "green" building materials, and water conservation technologies.