Nature & Science

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Time To Explore!

Free, mandatory caving permits are available for visitors who wish to explore several amazing lava tube caves within the monument. The first step is talking to a ranger.

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A diversity of plants grow on the lava...

A variety of plants, including cacti, wildflowers, and native shortgrass prairies or pine woodlands live in the Malpais. More ->

Environmental Factors


Many environmental factors help shape the El Malpais landscape. More ->

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A horned lizard, one of the many animals of El Malpais...


El Malpais provides many different habitats for wildlife, including reptiles like this horned lizard. More ->

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Volcanic geology and unique landscapes set El Malpais apart.
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Last updated: October 14, 2015

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


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