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El Malpais National Conservation Area (BLM)
NM 117 Grants-Milan, NM 87020
Northwest
505-280-2918
Business Status

Open for Business

Details

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM New Mexico offices are temporarily restricting public access to some recreation areas (including the Joe Skeen Campground and La Ventana and Narrows Trailhead vault toilets within the El Malpais National Conservation Area). Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates.


El Malpais National Conservation Area (NCA) was established in 1987 and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The 231,230-acre NCA includes two wilderness areas — West Malpais and Cebolla — covering almost 100,000 acres. El Malpais NCA was established to protect nationally significant geological, archaeological, ecological, cultural, scenic, scientific, and wilderness resources surrounding the Grants Lava Flows. In addition to the two wilderness areas, the NCA includes dramatic sandstone cliffs, canyons, La Ventana Natural Arch, the Chain of Craters Back Country Byway, and the Narrows Picnic Area. There are many opportunities for photography, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing within this unique NCA. Open year-round. Visitors should be cautious during the monsoon season because unpredictable weather may occur and cause flooding. Adjacent to the NCA is the El Malpais National Monument, managed by the National Park Service.

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COVID-19 Rapid Response
  • Open For Business:
  • Temporarily Closed:
  • Status and Offerings Details: Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM New Mexico offices are temporarily restricting public access to some recreation areas (including the Joe Skeen Campground and La Ventana and Narrows Trailhead vault toilets within the El Malpais National Conservation Area). Visitors may continue to enjoy BLM trails and open space areas. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/alert/nm-covid-19-updates.