Time To Explore!

Free, mandatory caving permits are available for visitors who wish to explore several amazing lava tube caves within the monument. The first step is talking to a ranger.

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A variety of plants, including cacti, wildflowers, and native shortgrass prairies or pine woodlands live in the Malpais. More ->

Environmental Factors


Many environmental factors help shape the El Malpais landscape. More ->

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Many exciting opportunities await you as a volunteer in Natural Resources. More ->


El Malpais provides many different habitats for wildlife, including reptiles like this horned lizard. More ->


Natural Features & Ecosystems

Volcanic geology and unique landscapes set El Malpais apart.
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