|Looking out over the expanse of lava.|
|Looking out from the 200 million year old sandstone bluff across the 3000 year old lava beds.|
|Heading north along the top of the bluffs, with Mt. Taylor in the distance.|
|Leave what you find.|
|Natural arches, hidden from view from above, can be found by scrambling through sandstone formations.|
As with most off-trail travel, don’t count on doing your usual miles per hour— backtracking and wandering to find a way through required extra time.
To park for this hike, travel on NM 117 south of Grants, NM and turn right at the sign for the Sandstone Bluffs. The 1.5 mile gravel road to the parking area is fairly well drained and mostly in full sun, therefore it was clear of snow and mud, and passible in a small car on a clear day. Check at the ranger station for current conditions.