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    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • 2014 Compendium now available

    The 2014 park compendium is now available via the link below. This includes new prohibitions on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) within national park units. 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 »

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.

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Plants

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

 
Environmental Factors

Environment

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

 
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Volunteer

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

Animals

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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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...