|Lava in a high pile|
Several different government agencies have visitor centers and campsites in these "malpais".
|Campsites in malpais|
One thing that is interesting to me is that several of the old pueblo tribes had foot paths through the lava to travel and trade between their pueblos. They must have had tough footwear to get through the sharp lava! One of these old trails goes between Zuni pueblo (south of Gallup) to Acoma (often called Sky city) located south of I-40 at milemarker 102.
|Lava filling a valley|
After lava cools, and after eons of weather occurs, the lava slowly allows plants to grow in the crevices, thus making the landscape more hospitable.
The park has installed great paved walking paths throughout the lava fields, and miracles, the dogs are welcome if leashed. In many federal parks, dogs are not allowed on any trail, so the rules here are very refreshing!