Superintendent's Compendium

Superintendent's Compendium 2024:

Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and Other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR), Chapter 1, Parts 1-7, authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following provisions apply to all lands and waters administered by the National Park Service, within the boundaries of El Malpais National Monument. Unless otherwise stated, these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1-7. Written determinations, which explain the reasoning behind the Superintendent’s use of discretionary authority, as required by Section 1.5(c), appear in this document as italicized print.

Approved by: Kelly Fuhrmann, Superintendent
Date: 11/09/2023


The Encerrita Fire was discovered on June 15, 2024, on El Malpais National Monument lands. To maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of El Malpais National Monument is designating the following area(s) as closed to public use until further notice is given.

By order of the Superintendent of El Malpais National Monument and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l.5 (a) and Section (a)(l):
• Continental Divide Trail between Porter Ranch Road and Highway 117
• Zuni-Acoma Trail
• Zuni-Acoma Trail parking lot (Hwy 53)
• Acoma-Zuni Trail parking lot (Hwy 117)
• Fire Operational Area

The area will be closed until further notice is given. Notice of closure will be posted and the area will be monitored to ensure compliance. This order supersedes and includes all prior area closures. The designation will remain in place until rescinded.

Approved by: Kelly Fuhrmann, Superintendent
Date: 6/18/2024

A satellite view of a large white building with a road and parking area, showing a location circled in red.
Figure 1. The primary First Amendment site is at the El Malpais Visitor Center located off I-40. The area is on the southeast side of the visitor center, (circled in red) just past the picnic table area. All activities are to remain inside this area and not extend further in any direction.

Last updated: July 12, 2024

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