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    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

Things To Know Before You Come

A vehicle is stuck in the thick mud of County Road 42

Don't let this happen to you! Plan ahead and bring the right equipment and gear for your travels.

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Touring El Malpais requires preparation. Bring the right vehicle; if you plan on exploring the more remote sections of the park, a properly equipped four-wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance is suggested. Gear and clothing should be matched to the season of your visit.


Your safety is your responsibility here as well. Given the long distances and difficult terrain, it can be a while before help can reach you. Bring the gear you'll need to have an enjoyable and safe trek.

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