All ranger programs are cancelled until further notice for public and staff safety.
During summer months you can join a park ranger in the El Calderon Area of the park for a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike that includes an outflight of Brazilian free-tailed bats.
During each summer's evening, Brazilian free-tailed bats leave Bat Cave to hunt for insects. Sometimes this includes thousands of individual bats!
Guided bat outflights usually occur weekly during the months of June through the beginning of September. The program is weather permitted. Please contact the El Malpais Visitor Center at (505) 876-2783 or look on the events calendar for more information.
Seeing Bats On Your Own
Since bats fly out of Bat Cave in search of food every night, it's not required to attend a ranger program to watch them. If you miss it or would prefer a more personal experience, you are still welcome to watch the bats on your own.
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Last updated: February 4, 2021