The Lava Falls Trail forms a one-mile loop with a short spur trail leading into a natural amphitheater of lava. This trail is marked by cairns, or rock piles that serve as trail markers. Although the trail is relatively short, its surface is very jagged and uneven. Hiking here with pets is not recommended. Picnic tables and the pit toilet are wheelchair accessible. Please be prepared before setting out on this or any other hike.
Hiking Cairned Routes
Sometimes the only trail markers along El Malpais trails are cairns: a series of rock piles used to trace a route across the land. Cairns are common on lava landscapes where creating a traditional trail or footpath is impossible because of the extreme nature of the terrain.
Last updated: February 4, 2021