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 El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. 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 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?
The cane cholla cactus thrives in the lower elevation regions of El Malpais. This hardy and tough looking plant produces many vibrantly colored flowers in the late spring. More...