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El Malpais NCA - Joe Skeen CG, NM

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Joe Skeen Campground is a small no-fee facility located on the east side of the El Malpais National Conservation Area, south of Grants. It is operated by the Bureau of Land Management.


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As this hillside view of the campground shows, it is located in a generally open area.

Date of visit: Nov 2011

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We arrived here on the first of November and had the place all to ourselves. Site 9 was about as level a site as we could find.

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Sites 7 and 8 share the large parking site - great if you're with some friends.

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Site 6 is one of five pull-through sites.

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Here are sites 4,3 and 2. Site 4 is really suitable only for tenting - the parking area is very small and tilted.

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Site 11 is a large, private pull-through site. Actually, though, with the exception of sites 7 and 8, sites are spaced quite a ways from each other.

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There are two "modern" vault toilets, one at each end of the camp loop.


No hookups, No water, No dump station available

Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

Rates: Free

Coord: 34.943585 N, 107.820616 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions


El Malpais NCA

La Ventana Natural Arch

Sandstone Bluffs Oerlook

Big Tubes Lava tubes and caves