Fire RESTRICTIONS now in effect!
Fire restrictions are in effect at El Malpais. NO smoking anywhere in the monument; smoking is only allowed inside a private vehicle. Also, NO wood or charcoal fires in the monument. Do your part: don't let a wildfire start! 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 »
Things To Do
NPS photo by Rick Best
El Malpais offers everything from easy drives, scenic overlooks, and short walks to strenuous trails, caving, and rugged backcountry. Take your pick of many great outdoor sights and spectacles that encompass the geology, history, and culture of the region.
Download our brochures to help you plan your adventure!
NPS Photo by Sue Olin
Hiking Cairned Routes
Did You Know?
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...