La Ventana Arch
|A short, easy hike to New Mexico's second-largest natural arch. If you are in the area, make the short stop needed to see the arch.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||0:20.|
|Usage (people/hour):||0.00. People per hour unrecorded. The arch is popular. However it takes so little time to hike that you will likely not see anybody else except on busy weekends.|
|LAVNTH||Trailhead||La Ventana Arch trailhead|
|LAVTAR||Scenic point||La Ventana Arch trail end (viewpoint for arch)|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|El Malpais Recreation Map and Guide||BLM||2008||1:100000||Y||Public Lands Information Center (purchase)||Great overview map for El Malpais area, including showing land ownership.|
|Geologic Map of El Malpais Lava Field and Surrounding Areas, Cibola County, NM||USGS (Charles Maxwell)||1986||1:62500||Y||No online copies.||For sale at the three visitor centers (NPS, BLM, Northern NM) around El Malpais.|
|Guide to Indian Country of Arizona Colorado New Mexico Utah||Automobile Club of Southern California||1998||1:0||N||Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (purchase)||Good overview road map for northwest NM. No scale is given on the map. The corner coordinates are approximate.|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the trailhead:
From I-40, take exit 89 at NM 117. Head south to mile marker 39 (about 17.4 miles), where the turnoff to the parking area for the trailhead is.
About the hike:
Starting from the trailhead, follow the paved trail out to a sign talking about the formation of the arch. From here, the trail turns to dirt, but remains easy to follow. A few more minutes of walking and you are as close as you can get to the arch (GPS: LAVTAR N 34.869833 W 107.889540). The view from this closest point is what you see pictured here.
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