Fire RESTRICTIONS now in effect!
Fire restrictions are in effect at El Malpais. NO smoking anywhere in the monument; smoking is only allowed inside a private vehicle. Also, NO wood or charcoal fires in the monument. Do your part: don't let a wildfire start! More »
Cave permits now available for selected park caves
FREE mandatory cave permits are now available to visit specific caves in El Malpais. Permits can be obtained at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85 or at the El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53. More »
Frequently Asked Questions
What does El Malpais mean?
Where are the Ice Caves and Bandera Crater?
Does El Malpais have a developed campground?
Can I go into any wild cave that I want?
Entry into any other cave at this time is by permit for research purposes only: a permit must be obtained well in advance of your visit. Check out our permits page or contact monument headquarters at (505) 285-4641 for more information on obtaining permits.
Can I bring my dog?
Did You Know?
Bats are the only mammals that fly. El Malpais National Monument is home to thirteen different species of bats. Pregnant Mexican Free-tailed bats join the resident bats during the summer months but leave once the pups are able to fly. More...