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

    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

Cinder Phacelia

Cinder-Phacelia-Hillside
A cinder slope covered with Cinder Phacelia.
NPS photo Dale Dombrowski
 
Cinder-Phacelia

NPS photo Dale Dombrowski

Cinder phacelia (Phacelia serrata) grows on exposed cinder slopes and is dependent on having volcanic cinders as a substrate. The plant is usually between 4-14 inches tall and grows at elevations from 5,200 to 8,000 feet. The upper leaves are attached directly to the base without a stalk, and in August through September it has a blue/violet flower. This plant is only found in two locations in the United States; El Malpais National Monument and Sunset Crater National Monument in Arizona.

Did You Know?

Bat on cave wall

Bats are the only mammals that fly. El Malpais National Monument is home to thirteen different species of bats. Pregnant Mexican Free-tailed bats join the resident bats during the summer months but leave once the pups are able to fly. More...