• Sweeping panoramic views of lava flows, cinder cones, and distant mountains can be enjoyed at Sandstone Bluffs.

    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 2014 Compendium now available

    The 2014 park compendium is now available via the link below. This includes new prohibitions on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within national park units. 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 »

For Kids

Join our Junior Ranger Program!

Are you interested in becoming a JUNIOR RANGER? Click here to see what you need to do!

A girl examines the rings of Saturn through a telescope.

A young girl examines the rings of Saturn through a telescope at El Malpais.

NPS Photo by Jaclyn Waggoner

Astronomy for kids!

Join us throughout the year when we host special astronomy programs! Kids can participate in the astronomy raffle for a chance to win night sky prizes. We have kid-sized telescopes available for exploring the galaxy, and kids are welcome to bring their own telescopes and share their galactic expertise with others.

Program announcements will be posted here when events are scheduled. For more information, call 505-876-2783.

Did You Know?

La Vieja rock stand by itself in El Malpais

La Vieja seems to have the visage of an elderly woman carved into it. From certain vantage points in El Malpais, La Vieja appears to stand in the lava flows, and may be responsible for the legends of a mission church out on the malpais. More...