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 »
Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center
Big RVs and oversize vehicles will fit in our large parking lot.
A picnic area next to the front entrance is the perfect place to relax and plan your next adventure in El Malpais, on Mount Taylor, or in the wilds of the conservation area.
Our Western National Parks Association bookstore has topographic maps, field guides, books, and postcards for your perusal.
"Discover the Wonders" in our exhibit area; nine suggested tours are detailed in photos, maps, and exhibits. Take the tour cards with you and plan your next vacation.
Group Use and Reservations
The visitor center is available for certain types of group use during normal operating hours. Please call our staff at 505-876-2783 with any requests for group use.
A Public Lands Partnership
Tour the galaxy with us!
The center regularly hosts astronomy programs after dark. Check the events schedule for the latest in programs at the center and in the park.
Did You Know?
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...