Fire RESTRICTIONS now in effect!
Fire restrictions are in effect at El Malpais. NO smoking anywhere in the monument; smoking is only allowed inside a private vehicle. Also, NO wood or charcoal fires in the monument. Do your part: don't let a wildfire start! 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 »
Bird Monitoring Program discovers 100th Species
Did You Know?
The cane cholla cactus thrives in the lower elevation regions of El Malpais. This hardy and tough looking plant produces many vibrantly colored flowers in the late spring. More...