We were out by 9am to explore. The area here is so vast there is a lot of mileage between things to see. So we headed first for the El Malpais Natl Monument Visitors Center. We talked to a ranger for a while and she gave us a lot of good info on the park and also El Morrow NM. We watched a couple movies on the area and then started our drive. It was a 20 mile drive to the visitors center and now about 45 miles from here to El Morrow.
On the way we drive through El Malpais. At El Morrow there is a 1 mile hike along the bottom and we got to see hundreds of petroglyths. John took the additional 2 mile hike up to the top of the rock to see the native dwellings. I hung out at the visitors center and listened to a ranger talk on the history of the area and why it is a Natl Monument.
When John got back we had a picnic and started our drive back. It was later in the afternoon with overcast skies and some rain showers. Along the way we saw a big herd of female Elks with their babies.