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    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 »

For Kids

Become an El Malpais Junior Ranger!

Join our Junior Ranger program; click here to see what you need to do!

 
A young girl explores the rings of Saturn with a telescope.

A young girl explores the rings of Saturn through a telescope.

NPS Photo by Jaclyn Waggoner

Be a Junior Ranger Night Explorer!

Throughout the year, the park hosts astronomy programs at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center and other sites. Join us for telescopic tours of the moon, planets, and other galactic wonders! Kid-sized scopes are available, and technical help is available for those who bring their own telescopes. Check this space for program announcements.

 
A park ranger and his trusty horse on patrol.

A park ranger heads out on horse patrol.

NPS

See what Rangers do!

Have you ever thought about what park rangers do while on duty? Click here to check out our park ranger photo gallery and explore rangers in action in our national parks!

Did You Know?

Vivid pink flowers blossom on a spiny Cane Cholla cactus.

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...