Current Operations at El Malpais
Last updated February 18, 2024. Information will be updated when conditions change.
While most of the park is accessible down two paved state highways - Highway 117 and Highway 53 - some areas of the park, including the Big Tubes area and Lava Bomb Cave, are only accessible down primitive dirt roads that typically require a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles.
Current Road Conditions
Following rain and snow, NPS 300 will require four-wheel drive. It may become impassable. Travel at your own risk. You are responsible for removing a stuck vehicle.
Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring a historic urban neighborhood, remember to #RecreateResponsibly! We encourage you to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles when you visit.
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Last updated: February 18, 2024