Junction Cave NOW OPEN!
Junction Cave is again OPEN for visitation. Get your free caving permit at either the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at i-40/Exit 85 in Grants, or at the Information Center on NM53.
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 El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. More »
Nature & Science
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.
A variety of plants, including cacti, wildflowers, and native shortgrass prairies or pine woodlands live in the Malpais. More ->
Many environmental factors help shape the El Malpais landscape. More ->
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.
Did You Know?
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...