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.
The pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni welcome visitors and feature museums, visitor centers, and events that are open to the public.
New Mexico Mining Museum
The museum chronicles the history of Grants and of the uranium mining boom that happened in the 1950s. An underground exhibit features a recreated mine with historic equipment. Open daily except Sunday. Call 505-287-4802 for more information, or click here for their web page.
Bandera Volcano and Ice Cave
The Bandera Volcano is one of the most recent in the region, erupting about 12,000 years ago. An easy trail takes visitors to the rim of the crater, while another short trail leads visitors into a lava tube with a permanent layer of ice at the bottom. Fees are charged at this privately owned site. Call them at 1-888-ICE-CAVE or click here to visit their web site.
Cibola National Forest - Mount Taylor Ranger District
El Malpais National Conservation Area
With over 200,000 acres of land, the Bureau of Land Management conservation area is one of the premier outdoor recreation sites in New Mexico. Two designated wilderness areas offer solitude and space. Visitors can enjoy one of New Mexico's largest natural arches at La Ventana on Highway 117 south of the BLM Ranger Station. The Joe Skeen Campground has 10 primitive sites for campers. Call them at 505-280-2918 or click here to visit their website.
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...