Things To Do

El Malpais National Monument offers a little bit of everything. Scenic overlooks, easy drives, short walks, strenuous hikes, caves, and rugged backcountry camping. These countless opportunities offer glimpses into the geology, history and culture, and wildlife of the region.

A hiker with a backpack stoops down to look at a hole in the cooled lava.

Lace up your shoes and explore a trail!

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!

A park ranger holding an image of a bat with two people watching him.
Ranger Programs

Learn something new with a park ranger!

Bats fly over a lava tube cave at sunset
See the Bats!

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

A person lit by a flashlight points up at the Milky Way galaxy above
Night Skies

Experience the stars at El Malpais!

Three properly equipped cavers entering a lava tube.
Lava Tube Caving

Are you up for a challenge? Pack your safety gear, grab a permit, and head out to the lava tube caves for a subterranean adventure.


Many Adventures At El Malpais!

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    Last updated: February 10, 2024

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    1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
    Grants, NM 87020


    505 876-2783

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