• 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 »

Plan Your Visit

A Wild and Wonderful Land

El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area encompass over 350,000 acres. Whether you have an hour or a week, this area offers experiences that range from scenic drives and self-guided trails to remote wilderness exploration.

Whatever your choice, come prepared! You can download our brochures and plan your trip. Or stop at one of our visitor centers where staff can help you decide where to go next.
 
A hiker takes in the views from a ridge near El Calderon on the Continental Divide Trail.
A hiker takes in the views from a ridge near El Calderon on the Continental Divide Trail in El Malpais.
NPS Photo by Sue Olin
 

 

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...