• 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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  • Junction Cave NOW OPEN!

    Junction Cave is again OPEN for visitation. Get your free caving permit at either the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at i-40/Exit 85 in Grants, or at the Information Center on NM53.

  • 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 »

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 Dry Winter so far in 2014

Despite early snowpack, long periods of dry weather have returned, setting the stage for higher fire potential. Wildfires have already burned in the Rio Grande Bosque. 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


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?

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...