(nr Grants NM)
The Narrows of Malpaís refers to the three mile long flow of lava at the base of some magnificent sandstone cliffs. The eruption occurred only 1,500 years ago, and is considered the youngest lava beds in the area.
The lava flow was on one side of the highway, with the cliffs on the other. There was a trail atop the cliffs; and a short one at the base in the South Narrows Picnic Area. I walked the base trail, and then stopped along the roadside to take some photos.
Despite the area being named for the lava, the cliffs were the stars of The Narrows, in my eyes. Their yellow rock, and rugged shapes were real attention getters. I really enjoyed seeing those wonderful rock formations.
Then I continued down the road to see other kinds of rock formations, before heading back to the camp.
Camp: BLM-Joe Skeen CG drycamp
Scene: Cliffs, rock formations