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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 »

Fire Management

Wildland firefighters monitor the effects of a prescribed burn in a meadow.

Four Winds Fire Group crews monitor the effects of prescribed fire in a meadow.


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.

NPS Fire Management - go here to check out all the details of fire management in the National Park Service.


A Possible El Nino for 2014?

The short term forecast is hinting that an El Nino may develop over the late spring and into summer of 2014. Still, given the large amounts of dry grass left over from the monsoon season in 2013, caution with fire in the backcountry is advised. Do your part: don't let a wildfire start!

NPS Type 6 Engine

NPS photo by Rick Best

Build your own NPS Type 6 engine model!

Here's a handy reminder of the need to do your part and help prevent fire. Click on the picture to download the PDF, print it on paper, and assemble your own model of a Type 6 wildland fire engine!

Did You Know?

Cerro Rendija is a shield volcano

Cerro Rendija volcano, just west of Big Tubes in El Malpais National Monument, is a good example of a shield volcano. Low viscosity lava spread out rapidly from the vent and kept the volcano from gaining much vertical height. More...