• 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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  • 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 »


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 lava moonscape in El Malpais

When people say that El Malpais lava country looks like a "moonscape" they aren't far from the truth. Much of the moon is covered with basalt lava flows which form the "maria" or lunar seas. Astronauts trained on lava flows in preparation for walking on the moon. More...