• 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 »

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 Western Diamondback rattlesnake in the desert

The Western Diamondback rattlesnake is one of several species of rattlesnake that inhabit the high desert of El Malpais. Like all wildlife in the park, they are protected and should be given space and respect. More...