• 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 »

  • 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.

Fees & Reservations

We're Fee Free!

There are no fees charged at El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area for regular routine visitation. Reservations are not required at this time for regular visitation. For non-routine use of the park, see below.

A film crew prepares to shoot a scene at El Malpais.
Special use permits are required for commercial filming, commercial photography, and other non-routine activities.
NPS photo by Rick Best

Special Park Use: Permits are Required

Non-routine use of the park requires special use permits. This includes activities such as commercial filming, commercial photography, special events (weddings, large group events, sports events, etc.) and any research in the park. Click here to go to our permits page for all the details. Plan ahead; apply for your permit well in advance of the intended date of the activity.

Did You Know?

A gopher snake at El Malpais

Gopher snakes can mimic rattlesnake behavior, thrashing their tails in dry grass or leaves. These elegant reptiles are nonvenomous and help control rodent populations in high desert regions like El Malpais. More...