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 »
Crews manage wildfire near Lost Woman Crater
A small wildfire near Lost Woman Crater is being managed by crews from the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Managment. Recent heavy rains will minimize fire growth, but travelers may experience smoke on NM 53 near the continental divide.
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?
The cane cholla cactus thrives in the lower elevation regions of El Malpais. This hardy and tough looking plant produces many vibrantly colored flowers in the late spring. More...