• 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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  • 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?

La Ventana is one of the most spectacular natural arches found in New Mexico.

La Ventana Natural Arch is one of the largest accessible arches in New Mexico. Eroded from Zuni Sandstone by wind and water, it is 25 feet thick, 125 feet high and 165 feet across at the base. More...