"The (really rather lovely) Badlands" Grants by toonsarah
Grants Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 37 photos
We used it as a base for our visit to nearby El Malpais National Monument, but as El Malpais doesn’t have a location page on VT, here we are! We did find good accommodation here, in the Best Western, and a surprisingly good meal in its restaurant, but apart from the motel strip we didn’t really explore the town, which on a quick late Sunday afternoon drive through, seemed very quiet with its few restaurants and shops closed.
El Malpais is Spanish for Badlands, and you can see how the area got this name, as much of it is formed from the outpourings of lava from McCartys Volcano. It is bleak in a way, but also ruggedly beautiful, and the view from Sandstone Bluffs is one that will stay with me for a long while.
The National Monument is divided into two sections, of which we only visited one – the one alongside Highway 117 more or less due south of Grants (the other lies to the west and is accessed via Highway 53). We were only there for an afternoon but that was long enough to do a couple of short walks and to drive up to the Sandstone Bluffs to see that awesome vista.
And to continue with us on our road trip through New Mexico, please visit my Acoma Pueblo page
- Pros:A convenient base for El Malpais, El Morro & Acoma
- Cons:Not much to see or do in the town itself
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