Tuesday, September 7, 2010

El Malpais ~ Part II

If you remember my first El Malpais post at the end of July, I promised more information about this beautiful and Huge National Monument and Conservation Area.
All of the photos in this post are from areas along HWY 117. These first 2 photos are from Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. (Keep in mind when visiting the Sandstone Bluffs that this area closes at dusk). The vistas from the Bluffs show lava flows and interesting sandstone formations.
Do you see a camel? :)

This is photo of the remains of the Garrett homestead, which was built in the 1930's. It can be seen in the Sandstone Bluffs area.

This is La Ventana Natural Arch which is a bit south of the Sandstone Bluffs. La Ventana is the largest of New Mexico's natural arches.
As you can see I was here at sunset, and as the following un-retouched photo will attest, sunsets in "the badlands" are spectacular!
There are many areas of El Malpais I have yet to explore. I plan to come back again and again. I have the feeling I will never see everything in this beautiful place!

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