• 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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  • 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 »

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 lava moonscape in El Malpais

When people say that El Malpais lava country looks like a "moonscape" they aren't far from the truth. Much of the moon is covered with basalt lava flows which form the "maria" or lunar seas. Astronauts trained on lava flows in preparation for walking on the moon. More...