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.
A variety of plants, including cacti, wildflowers, and native shortgrass prairies or pine woodlands live in the Malpais. More ->
Many environmental factors help shape the El Malpais landscape. More ->
Due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, volunteer opportunities have been suspended for visitor and staff safety until further notice.
El Malpais provides many different habitats for wildlife, including reptiles like this horned lizard. More ->
Natural Features & Ecosystems
Volcanic geology and unique landscapes set El Malpais apart.
Last updated: August 6, 2020