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.
Places To Go
Enjoy a vast panorama of lava flows twisting below golden cliffs. Stand on the rim of an ancient cinder cone. Walk over a lava bridge as wide as an interstate overpass. Experience the stygian world of lava tube caves. Trek down a section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. All of these places are here at El Malpais.
Download our brochures to help you plan your visit, or stop by a visitor center while you are in the area for trail maps and brochures.
Sites on Highway 53
Sites on Hwy 117
La Ventana Arch (BLM)
Did You Know?
La Vieja seems to have the visage of an elderly woman carved into it. From certain vantage points in El Malpais, La Vieja appears to stand in the lava flows, and may be responsible for the legends of a mission church out on the malpais. More...