• 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.

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.


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?

A lava moonscape in El Malpais

When people say that El Malpais lava country looks like a "moonscape" they aren't far from the truth. Much of the moon is covered with basalt lava flows which form the "maria" or lunar seas. Astronauts trained on lava flows in preparation for walking on the moon. More...