We left Sun Valley, AZ and arrived in Milan, NM on Sunday. Yesterday it was very windy causing us to do less than what we really wanted. However, it did visit the El Maplais National Monument.
El Malpais lies in the high desert of NM between Gallup and Albuquerque. A great part of this area is lava fields. El Malpais means Badlands in Spanish. Lava poured out of a crater 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.
An easy dirt road drive off the main road through this area took us to Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. What a view.
Along the dirt road we saw these ruins. Wonder what they once were.
A little further down the main road through El Malpais and a short walk back a trail is the La Ventana Natural Arch. This is the largest of NM's easily reached natural arch. It is eroded from sandstone and dates back to the age of dinosaurs.
This is the arch with sunlight shining behind.
The day was very windy. At one point we could hardly see the road.
We are now getting ready to head out. Next stop is Tucumcari, NM. It is cold - 35 and sleeting. Not an ideal travel day.
BTW - did you notice NO SPOTS. Got a new digital camera.