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 »
Dale Dombrowski, NPS
Squirrels, mule deer, and elk are the most commonly encountered mammals in the monument. However, there are many other species often found during the course of a visit. They have all adapted to living in this unique environment, and many take advantage of the shelter provided by the numerous lava tube caves.
Bats, flying mammals common at night and in the caves, are discussed on their own page.
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...