Rivers of Ancient Fires

The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais (el-mal-pie-EES) offers solitude, recreation, and adventure. Explore incredible geologic features such as lava flows, cinder cones, lava tube caves, and sandstone bluffs. 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!

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Plan Your Adventure

Explore the many things to do at El Malpais!

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Current Conditions

Find out the latest information on park conditions and updates on how to stay safe while enjoying El Malpais.

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Plan Like A Park Ranger

Learn from the pros how to prepare for a trip to El Malpais!

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National Park Getaway!

Discover this hidden gem park.

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Find Your Trail

Head out on a hiking adventure!

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Scenic Driving

See what you can see from the comfort of your car!

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Ranger Programs

Learn something new with a park ranger!

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Night Skies

Experience the stars at El Malpais!

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Volcanoes and Lava Flows

Five major lava flows and at least eight volcanic vents created the lava landscape of El Malpais. Learn more about these volcanic features.

Last updated: February 2, 2023

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Contact Info

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


505 876-2783

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