Rivers of Ancient Fires

The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais offers solitude, recreation, and discovery. Explore cinder cones, lava tube caves, sandstone bluffs, and hiking trails. Wildlife abounds in the open grasslands and forests. While some may see a desolate environment, people have been adapting to and living in this extraordinary terrain for generations. Come discover the land of fire and ice!

A field of flowers at  El Calderon.

A field of flowers at El Calderon.

Come explore the fascinating features of El Malpais! NPS Photo

Three properly equipped cavers entering a lava tube.

Go Caving!

Get a free caving permit and explore the underground world of caves in lava tubes. Photo by Kenneth Ingham

Last updated: August 6, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783
This number calls the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center. Rangers are on staff from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to answer calls.

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