Despite the harsh, rugged lava landscape of El Malpais National Monument, wildlife abound. You can find everything from large mammals such as black bear, cougar, and elk, to tiny crustaceans like fairy shrimp. Look to the sky and you can find birds like majestic golden eagles or the smallest of hummingbirds. A further variety of reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and arthropods are all found through the monument.
If you are observant, you never know what you might find at El Malpais. More->
Meadows dance with color when Lepidoptera flutter by. More ->
Birding at El Malpais is a year-round treat, with distinct changes in bird life found during all four seasons. More->
Reptiles & Amphibians
Many lizards and snakes, one species frog , and one or two species of toads call El Malpais home. More ->
Last updated: December 11, 2020