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 El Malpais Visitor Center is open daily 8 am to 5 pm, and closed on November 24, December 25, and January 1.

The El Malpais Information Center is open March 1-September 30 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

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:

El Malpais Visitor Center 505-876-2783

El Malpais Information Center 505-783-4774

For Bureau of Land Management Staff Questions, contact:

BLM Ranger Station 505-280-2918



Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783
For park information or questions.

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