• 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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  • 2014 Compendium now available

    The 2014 park compendium is now available via the link below. This includes new prohibitions on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within national park units. More »

  • 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 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?

La Ventana is one of the most spectacular natural arches found in New Mexico.

La Ventana Natural Arch is one of the largest accessible arches in New Mexico. Eroded from Zuni Sandstone by wind and water, it is 25 feet thick, 125 feet high and 165 feet across at the base. More...