Junction Cave CLOSED for the winter
Junction Cave is now closed to protect hibernating bats that overwinter within. Please help protect our winged relatives by respecting this closure. The cave will reopen for visitation on March 16th, 2014. Other permit-accessible caves remain open.
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 »
The Four Winds Fire Program
Five NPS units in New Mexico and Arizona collaborate in this program: El Malpais, El Morro, Petrified Forest, Petroglyph, and Salinas Pueblo Missions. The mission of the Four Winds Group is to safely protect life and property while managing fire as an integral part of the environment and ecosystem.
Four Winds Program NEWS!
Check out the latest fire program activities in El Malpais. Prescribed fire, training, wildland urban interface, it's all here.
A Cold start to Winter 2013-2014
Did You Know?
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...