Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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La Ventana Natural Arch is a popular attraction within the El Malpais National Conservation Area, which borders the surrounding El Malpais National Monument. The arch can easily be seen from the parking area, or viewed closer via a short hike.

At the large parking area you’ll find vault toilets as well as some nice covered picnic areas. An impressive view of the arch can be enjoyed from here.

A short, ADA accessible pathway leads from the parking area to a viewpoint at the base of the arch. The trail starts out as paved, then turns to gravel. It is a very short (1/4 mile) and easy walk.

From the viewpoint at the end of the path you’ll have a great view up to the impressive arch above. The softer parts of the sandstone cliff here were eroded away by wind and water, leaving this impressive and beautiful arch.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Easily accessible. Scenic arch. Picnic areas.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Covered picnic areas
Wildlife
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Bird watching
Picnic tables

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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