• 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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  • 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 »

Management

Stewardship of Your Public Lands

The staff of El Malpais are honored to serve as the stewards of your public lands heritage. See the menu buttons on the left for more selections regarding laws, policies, and fire management at El Malpais National Monument.

 

Planning, Environment, and Public Comment

Managing El Malpais National Monument is an effort shared by park service staff and the public. For the latest plans available for public review click here to visit the site and review projects at your national parks.

Did You Know?

A Western Diamondback rattlesnake in the desert

The Western Diamondback rattlesnake is one of several species of rattlesnake that inhabit the high desert of El Malpais. Like all wildlife in the park, they are protected and should be given space and respect. More...