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BLM El Malpais NCA - Narrows Rim Trail

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Trailhead from South Narrows Picnic Area

Enjoy the nearby arch then really explore its mesa top. This trail hugs the sandstone cliff's rim and gives a grand view of the lava flows, the distant cinder cones, and the setting sun. The elevation averages 7300 feet in Ponderosa Pine, Pinyon, and Juniper. At trails end is a north view and a glimpse of La Ventana Arch. (Note that the north end of the trail is before the view of the arch.)

After a rain shower the depressions in the sandstone, tinajas, may fill with water. If you are lucky, you will see amazing creatures in and around them.

Hike the entire 7 miles or just take a stroll from the picnic area to the top of the cliffs for the grand view.

From the arch head 4 miles south on NM-117 to the trailhead at the entrance to the South Narrows Picnic Area.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets must be on a leash at all times.

Trail Distance

3.5 miles in, then 3.5 miles out on the same trail

Vertical Gain or Loss

The total elevation change is under 300 feet

Nearby Places