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 »
Laws & Policies
Enabling Legislation, Compendium, and other Policies
Here are the instruments that created the park, along with other pertinent laws and policies.
This law was signed by President Ronald Reagan and established El Malpais National Monument in 1987.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this monument. Firearms may not be discharged in this national monument and hunting is prohibited at all times.
For more information about New Mexico gun laws, please visit our state's website:
P.O. Drawer 1508, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1508
Relevant Statutes: (not inclusive)
New Mexico Statutes Annotated §§ 17-2-12; 17-2-33 through 35; 29-19-1 through 12; 30-3-8; 30-7-1 through 16; 32A-2-33.
Did You Know?
La Vieja seems to have the visage of an elderly woman carved into it. From certain vantage points in El Malpais, La Vieja appears to stand in the lava flows, and may be responsible for the legends of a mission church out on the malpais. More...