• Sweeping panoramic views of lava flows, cinder cones, and distant mountains can be enjoyed at Sandstone Bluffs.

    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

For Teachers

A park ranger prepares to educate students about bats

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

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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.

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