Explore the Sandstone Bluffs in El Malpais NM

  • February 2, 2014 · 8:00 AM


Please note that this will be about exploring the bluffs and the arches (I think there are 4 arches) but we will move at a good pace in places where there isn't much to explore.  Also, we may take steeper descents and ascents to maximize our time spent exploring the cool stuff instead of taking the long gradual route.  We will not go flying by the neat stuff.  There will be plenty of time for photos and climbing around on the sandstone formations.  Time permitting we may explore some other places in the area.

Weather could be a problem but not likely.  Bring ice cleats just in case.  Dress in layers.  Gloves for climbing would be a good idea.  Water and sunscreen.

A meal at the Wow Diner after our exploration.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful day for a hike, thanks for arranging that! ;-)

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike with fun peeps!

    1 · February 3, 2014

  • Elisa P.

    Fun!

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • sybil k.

    Good group to hike with and a wonderful area to explore.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Connie

    Wonderful hike spent with wonderful people..smiling!

    3 · February 2, 2014

    • Wendy B

      And the Seahawks won too!

      February 2, 2014

  • Keith F.

    Don't forget to post your pictures.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Keith F.

    A thoroughly enjoyable day.

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Wendy B

    Excellent adventure. Thank you Keith and Ranger Jennifer for a great day hiking in the sandstone bluffs.

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Leslie A.

    Lots of fun poking around all those rocks! Thank you Keith.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Sarah M.

    Thanks Keith and Jenn!!!!!! We had a fabulous time and the girls announced that this hike surpassed their old favorite hike. And the WOW Diner was wow!!!!

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Natasha K.

    outstanding! thanks, Keith

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Jan

    I didn't know which exit to take so my guests and I ended up at the visitors center instead of the ranger station.

    February 2, 2014

    • Ranger J.

      I'm so sorry you missed us. Not sure what happened, but I do know that things in the Malpais are not always easy to find. Hope you stayed in the area and found your own adventure! :)

      February 2, 2014

    • Jan

      The ranger at the visitors' center was very helpful. We went to El Morro and hiked the loop. Then we went and looked at the Junction Cave. We'll be back.

      2 · February 2, 2014

  • Ranger J.

    The weather was cold to start, but it turned into a beautiful Groundhog Day!

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • sybil k.

    The link to the map is wrong.

    February 1, 2014

    • Keith F.

      Thanks. I fixed it.

      February 1, 2014

  • Bonnie D.

    Shoot! Just can't manage 2 long days in a row!!! Sorry to back out so late! :(

    February 1, 2014

  • Kevin S.

    I have been sick this week and I am afraid I might be contagious, so logging out. Have fun.

    February 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hola, thanks for adding me to this outing! I am already in the Malpais area, so approximately when and where can I meet up with y'all on Sunday? The Malpais turnoff or....?

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Keith F.

      Meet us at the ranger station on NM117 at 9:15

      January 31, 2014

  • Jan

    Thanks for expanding to two groups!!!

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Jan

    Since I'm no longer on the wait list, can I add my two friends?

    January 15, 2014

  • Jan

    Keith, I'm on the waitlist and am hoping my 2 friends can join me on this hike. What is the best way to try to get us all on?

    January 14, 2014

    • Jan

      Okay, we'll just wait and see.

      January 14, 2014

    • Jan

      Well, I've noticed that if I am on the wait list with a +1 or +2 and 1 spot opens up, I get skipped and go to the end of the line. I don't mind as I now know how meetup works. I've put me in by myself so I'll see if I get on.

      January 15, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Got an extra pr.

    January 13, 2014

    • Sarah M.

      I'll get some from REI and return if not used. :-)

      January 14, 2014

    • Keith F.

      I seriously think we will not need them but getting them from REI and then returning them is a good idea.

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • Sarah M.

    The girls don't have traction devices. Any ideas without me having to buy two pairs?

    January 13, 2014

    • Sarah M.

      Thanks, Keith! I did check on REI online today and they have traction devices the aren't micro spikes (but should help) for only $20 so I can order those for the girls.

      January 13, 2014

    • Keith F.

      Hang on to them. If you don't use them REI will take them back.

      January 13, 2014

  • Sarah M.

    So sad! Sounds fun but I have my girlies that weekend. Have FUN!!!

    January 13, 2014

    • Sarah M.

      If you have room for us, we are all in!!!!

      January 13, 2014

    • Keith F.

      I think the girls will have a ball.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Ranger J.

    Hey guys! Would you like to have a Ranger along on this adventure? I know where all the arches and cool stuff are? If not, that's cool too, but please let me know where you decide to park so I can let the Law enforcement staff know. Stay safe:)

    January 13, 2014

    • Keith F.

      Hi Jenn. Join us if you like. I'll contact you separately to chat about a few things.

      2 · January 13, 2014

    • Keith F.

      Oh, we would park in the official parking area.

      January 13, 2014

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