Walter Torres “TriboElectricity” Sculpture at El Malpais National Monument

Join Acoma Sculptor Walter Torres for an inspirational talk on his newest sculpture “TriboElectricity” at El Malpais National Monument, at 1 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

Walter studied sculpture at the Poeh Center in Pojoaque in Mexico where he was inspired by his instructor to create his own studio. His curiosity of volcanoes led him to research volcanic eruptions and how they create their own weather. This led Walter to create his newest sculpture, “TriboElectricity”. “I keep thinking about how powerful we as Native people can be. If we stand together, we can strike like lightning creating our own storm of “TriboElectricity”. Join him as he tells his story of discovery and bringing his vision to life in stone.

TriboElectricity is an ongoing installment at the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center on Highway 117 outside of Grants, NM. You can watch Walter work on the sculpture on weekends.

This is the last installments of El Malpais National Monument monthly Winter Storytelling Series.

Join Southwestern Puebloan carver Ray Jose for a presentation on “Warrior Mouse, Legend of a Hero” at El Malpais National Monument, at 1 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Ray will tell the story of Warrior Mouse and how it inspired his carving of the hero. He has used the Rio Grande River driftwood for over 40 years for his art. The encouragement to pursue creating his sculptures comes from the prestigious collectors and galleries sharing his creations with the world. “I create to tell stories, to share not only my talents, but my culture as well.”

This is the third of four installments of El Malpais National Monument monthly Winter Storytelling Series. Walter Torres will wrap up the series on March 11, 2023.Come out and listen to Ray at this free event on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 1-2 pm, at the El Malpais Visitor Center located at 1900 East Santa Fe Avenue in Grants, New Mexico.

For more information, contact the El Malpais Visitor Center at 505-876-2783 or visit Find us on Facebook

Grants, NM – El Malpais National Monument will host a Spooky Star Party on Saturday, October 292022. Drop by the El Malpais Visitor Center any time between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm to learn about the night sky and how you can help the National Park Service protect our dark skies in Northwest New Mexico. Look through telescopes at planets and stars and get a tour of the evening constellations. Come in costume for some Halloween treats!

This free event will take place in the parking lot of the El Malpais Visitor Center, although some activities may occur along the short, ½ mile dirt trail behind the visitor center. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp with a red light setting if you have one, otherwise red light flashlights will be available. Dress warmly for a chilly autumn evening.

The El Malpais Visitor Center is located at 1900 E Santa Fe Ave in Grants, NM. Gates open at 7:20 pm.