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El Malpais Ranger Station

Visitor or Interpretive Center
El Malpais Ranger Station – Stephen Maurer

ADA Accessibility Notes

ADA accessible

The ranger station contains exhibits about the cultural and historical aspects of El Malpais. It also has information on the natural history, birds, plants, geology, and other information about this portion of New Mexico. An eight-minute orientation video is available for viewing upon request. A short hiking trail begins at the visitor center parking area for about a 45-minute hike to great vistas of the nearby area. The visitor center also has a bookstore operated by the nonprofit Public Lands Interpretive Association and it offers books, maps, and educational games and toys.

Pet Friendly Notes

pets on leash


Seasons Open

Year around



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