About the El Malpais National Conservation Area

The 231,00-acre El Malpais National Conservation Area was established in 1987 to protect nationally significant geological, archaeological, ecological, cultural, scenic, scientific, and wilderness resources surrounding the Grants Lava Flows. El Malpais translates to “the badlands” in Spanish. In addition to the West Malpais and Cebolla Wilderness areas, the NCA includes dramatic sandstone cliffs, canyons, La Ventana Natural Arch, the Chain of Craters Back Country Byway and the Narrows Picnic Area. There are many opportunities for photography, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing within this unique NCA. The adjoining El Malpais National Monument is managed by the National Park Service.

From the blog

  • 10.11.16

    Aaron Lowden, Ancestral Lands Program, speaks at 2016 Friends Rendezvous

    In the video below, Aaron Lowden, Program Coordinator for Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program, speaks about his connection to his Acoma homeland and the public lands he helps restore. Aaron was a key presenter at the Conservation Lands Foundation’s “Friends Rendezvous,” an annual gathering of non-profit conservation organizations around the west working to … read more

  • 09.19.16

    Partnering with the Ancestral Lands Program

    The Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF) staff is proud to announce that our first restoration partnership project with Southwest Conservation Corps’ Ancestral Lands Program will be underway Sept. 19 – 29. A conservation corps made up of five young people from Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico will be doing habitat restoration and … read more

  • 08.7.16

    Ancestral Lands Program Season Celebration

    Nothing beats a mid-summer celebration—especially when it involves homemade food, a gathering of friends, and recognition for great work in the community and far beyond. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps—a program of Conservation Legacy and Southwest Conservation Corps that provides job training, employment and conservation exposure for Native American youth, primarily from the southwest—held just … read more

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