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 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.

The El Malpais Information Center is seasonal and open from June 15 to September 30th. It is open exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 a park ranger at the El Malpais Visitor Center 505-876-2783 for current road and trail information.



Last updated: June 18, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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