• 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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  • 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 »

  • Crews manage wildfire near Lost Woman Crater

    A small wildfire near Lost Woman Crater is being managed by crews from the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Managment. Recent heavy rains will minimize fire growth, but travelers may experience smoke on NM 53 near the continental divide.

Be a Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger badge, book, and certificate from El Malpais National Monument.

Here's what Junior Rangers earn for completing the mission at El Malpais!

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Become a Junior Ranger!

It's easy! You can pick up an El Malpais Junior Ranger book at the BLM Ranger Station, the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center, or the Information Center. Take some time to do the activities in the book. Then have it checked by a ranger at any of the three visitor centers. Take the pledge and put the badge on; you've done it! Or, if you can't complete your mission while here, just send it in and we'll send you your badge and certificate!

Did You Know?

Rough aa lava can be found near Cerro Rendija

Two distinct kinds of lava can be found in the varied flows of El Malpais. Lava is known by names from the Hawaiian Islands. Aa lava is clumpy and forms numerous irregular chunks, while pahoehoe lava cools to form smooth surfaces often covered with ropy textures. More...