Rivers of Ancient Fires

The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais (el-mal-pie-EES) offers solitude, recreation, and adventure. Explore diverse 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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National Park Getaway!

El Malpais is June's featured National Park Getaway! Learn what you can find at this hidden gem park.

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Find Your Trail

Head out on a hiking adventure!

Yellow sandstone takes on a pinkish hue at sunset with sandstone cliffs and a lavender sky at sunset

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.

Black, craggy rock bulges up and across the landscape in every direction with sparse trees.

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.

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See the Bats!

Learn the best way to see bats fly out of Bat Cave at El Calderon on a warm summer night.

Last updated: June 6, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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