El Malpais NM

Client : National Park Service

Scale : 1:46,000

Size : 48” x 70”

Location : El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center, Grants, NM

Photo by : Gunnar Rauda

This is a topographic scale model of the El Malpais National Conservation Area in Cibola County, New Mexico. The park is a very popular destination for hikers and cavers. It hosts part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the La Ventana natural stone arch.

This model, which serves as a 3d park map and covers over 1700 square miles, features a gray-scale graphical representation of different magma flows from several ancient volcanic sites inside the conservation area, including the Hole-in-the-Wall, an oasis created and surrounded by ancient lava flows.