Rivers of Ancient Fires

The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais (el-mal-pie-EES) offers solitude, recreation, and adventure. Explore incredible geologic features such as lava flows, cinder cones, lava tube caves, and sandstone bluffs. While some may see a desolate environment, people have been adapting to and living in this extraordinary terrain for generations. Come discover the land of fire and ice!

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Adventure Awaits

Explore the many things to do at El Malpais!

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Plan Like A Park Ranger

Learn from the pros how to prepare for a trip to El Malpais!

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National Park Getaway!

Discover this hidden gem park.

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Find Your Trail

Head out on a hiking adventure!

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Scenic Driving

See what you can see from the comfort of your car!

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COVID-19 Updates at El Malpais

Find out the latest information on park closures and updates on how to stay safe while enjoying El Malpais.

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Sites Along Highway 53

Hike to the top of a cinder cone, journey to the depths of lava tube caves, and travel down a rugged backcountry road at sites off NM 53.

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Sites Along Highway 117

Take in panoramic views, marvel at incredible sandstone arches, and hike across the youngest lava flow at El Malpais at sites off NM 117.

Last updated: September 11, 2021

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants , NM 87020


505 876-2783

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