El Malpais National Monument is open year-round. Trails and trailheads are open 24 hours a day with the exception of Sandstone Bluffs Overlook which is open from sunrise to sunset. No overnight camping or parking is permitted at trailhead parking areas.
El Malpais Visitor Center Hours
From May through late October, the El Malpais Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The parking lot is closed nightly at 5:00 pm.
From late October through April, the El Malpais Visitor Center is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Thursday through Monday. The visitor center is CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday. The visitor center is also closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Check park alerts for exact seasonal closure dates.
Last updated: March 20, 2022