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    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 »

  • Crews manage wildfire near Lost Woman Crater

    A small wildfire near Lost Woman Crater is being managed by crews from the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Managment. Recent heavy rains will minimize fire growth, but travelers may experience smoke on NM 53 near the continental divide.

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  • 07/20/2013

    Location: Zuni-Acoma trailhead on NM 53 Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Fee Information: No fees Contact Name: Information Center Contact Phone Number: 505-783-4774

Hike out on the Zuni-Acoma Trail to a nearby kipuka called Encerrito. From the summit, take in sweeping views of El Malpais including distant La Ventana Arch. Meet a park ranger at the start time in the parking lot of the Zuni-Acoma Trailhead (18 miles southwest of Grants on NM 53). Bring water, snacks, camera, and binoculars. Wear sturdy hiking boots, pants, hat, and sunscreen.