Any season is a good season to explore the wild country of El Malpais.
NPS Photo by Sue Olin
We're Open Year-round!
El Malpais National Monument and Conservation Area are always open to visitors except Sandstone Bluffs Overlook. This area closes at dusk.
The is open daily 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and New Years Day.
Depending on the season, access to backcountry areas may be difficult. Many of the dirt roads become impassable after summer rains or winter snowfall. Please contact one of our for current road and trail information:
El Malpais Information Center 505-783-4774
Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center 505-876-2783
BLM Ranger Station 505-280-2918