Took a drive to Grants, NM and then south about 15 miles to El Malpais (which means Badlands in Spanish). This is another volcanic area, which we seem to gravitate to just like the petroglyphs. This is a larger area than Valley of Fires, and is prettier because of the sandstone cliffs around the lava flows.
Our first stop was the Sandstone Bluffs overlook, which gave us spectacular views.
Then we hiked the Narrows Rim Trail, which goes along a ridge where you can see the lava and the mountains in the distance. It is a 3 mile trail but we only went 2 and turned around. It was getting late and we still had to hit Wal-Mart in Grants on the way back. And get ice cream! That is what motivates Jim to keep hiking.