Sandstone Bluffs

A thunder storm at Sandstone Bluffs.
A thunder storm at Sandstone Bluffs.

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At Sandstone Bluffs, every direction you turn gives you a different view with a different feature to focus on. Below the bluffs are the lava flows of El Malpais. To the north is a dramatic view of Mount Taylor. Below your feet is Dakota Sandstone that contrasts with the dark lava flows farther below where you stand. If you enjoy sweeping vistas, Sandstone Bluffs is the place to be for a sunset or a cloudless afternoon.

The main viewing platform at Sandstone Bluffs is accessible. The area also has pit toilets and picnic tables available. Please dispose of trash and recyclables in the appropriate bins.

Always watch the weather and your footing while at Sandstone Bluffs. High winds, lightning, rain, snow, ice, and steep cliffs can make the bluffs dangerous.

Last updated: February 15, 2020

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783
This number calls the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center. Rangers are on staff from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to answer calls.

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