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    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 »

Laws & Policies

Enabling Legislation, Compendium, and other Policies

Here are the instruments that created the park, along with other pertinent laws and policies.

Public Law 100-225 (40 Kb pdf)

This law was signed by President Ronald Reagan and established El Malpais National Monument in 1987.

El Malpais Compendium (287 Kb pdf)

This document summarizes the existing regulatory provisions governing El Malpais National Monument.

 

Firearms Regulations


Beginning February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this monument. The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, was enacted May 22, 2009 and will become effective February 22, 2010. Section 512 of this law; Protecting Americans from Violent Crimes, supersedes the uniform treatment of firearm possession in the National Park System outside Alaska under the regulations found at 36 C.F.R. 2.4.

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.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.) These places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

For more information about New Mexico gun laws, please visit our state's website:

State Home Page

State Statutes


Concealed Weapons Information


State Reciprocity


Attorney General


(505) 827-6000

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?

Rough aa lava can be found near Cerro Rendija

Two distinct kinds of lava can be found in the varied flows of El Malpais. Lava is known by names from the Hawaiian Islands. Aa lava is clumpy and forms numerous irregular chunks, while pahoehoe lava cools to form smooth surfaces often covered with ropy textures. More...