• 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 Teachers

A park ranger prepares to educate students about bats

A park ranger prepares to educate students about bats at El Malpais.


The powers of nature on display

Learn about volcanism by having students watch a movie at the visitor center. Hike with students to the rim of El Calderon volcano. El Malpais has much to teach about volcanism, the flora and fauna that live in these extreme environments, and how humans relate to such a place.

Download the "Malpais Mysteries" curriculum guide and the activity sheets to explore the volcanic legacy of El Malpais in the classroom.

Did You Know?

A natural arch is carved out of the cliffs of Sandstone Bluffs

There are no trails at Sandstone Bluffs in El Malpais, but plenty of hiking opportunities exist for the route finder. Wandering the rim will reveal many hoodoos, rock formations, and natural arches. More...