• 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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  • Fire RESTRICTIONS now in effect!

    Fire restrictions are in effect at El Malpais. NO smoking anywhere in the monument; smoking is only allowed inside a private vehicle. Also, NO wood or charcoal fires in the monument. Do your part: don't let a wildfire start! 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 »

Environmental Factors


The view south from the panoramic windows of the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center off I-40 Exit 85.

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Weather

Conditions at El Malpais can be changeable during any season of the year; the area is influenced by its high elevation, nearby mountain ranges, the dark lava flows, and more. More info -->

Did You Know?

A natural arch is carved out of the cliffs of Sandstone Bluffs

There are no trails at Sandstone Bluffs in El Malpais, but plenty of hiking opportunities exist for the route finder. Wandering the rim will reveal many hoodoos, rock formations, and natural arches. More...