Junction Cave CLOSED for the winter
Junction Cave is now closed to protect hibernating bats that overwinter within. Please help protect our winged relatives by respecting this closure. The cave will reopen for visitation on March 16th, 2014. Other permit-accessible caves remain open.
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 »
This curriculum guide is aimed at the 4th grade level, but can be adapted as needed for most elementary level instruction. Click on the title below to download the document.
Malpais Mysteries (22.4 Mb pdf)
These documents can be printed on clear material and used as transparencies, or color printed on paper to explain the forces of volcanism.
The Fire Triangle (41 Kb pdf)
Lava Tube Formation (55 Kb pdf)
Life in the dark (29 Kb pdf)
Volcano Formation (45 Kb pdf)
Aa Lava (104 Kb pdf)
Pahoehoe Lava (77 Kb pdf)
Pyroclastic Flows (56 Kb pdf)
Did You Know?
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...