• Sweeping panoramic views of lava flows, cinder cones, and distant mountains can be enjoyed at Sandstone Bluffs.

    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Junction Cave NOW OPEN!

    Junction Cave is again OPEN for visitation. Get your free caving permit at either the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at i-40/Exit 85 in Grants, or at the Information Center on NM53.

  • Cave permits now available for selected park caves

    FREE mandatory cave permits are now available to visit specific caves in El Malpais. Permits can be obtained at the El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. More »

Operating Hours & Seasons

A hiker treks along the Continental Divide Trail near El Calderon

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 is a great place to visit in any season. Monument trailheads are open from sunrise to sunset daily. No overnight camping or parking is allowed at trailhead parking areas.

The Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center is open daily 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and New Years Day.

The El Malpais Information Center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 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 visitor centers for current road and trail information:

Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center 505-876-2783

El Malpais Information Center 505-783-4774

BLM Ranger Station 505-280-2918













 

 

Did You Know?

Cerro Rendija is a shield volcano

Cerro Rendija volcano, just west of Big Tubes in El Malpais National Monument, is a good example of a shield volcano. Low viscosity lava spread out rapidly from the vent and kept the volcano from gaining much vertical height. More...