Junction Cave CLOSED for the winter
Junction Cave is now closed to protect hibernating bats that overwinter within. Please help protect our winged relatives by respecting this closure. The cave will reopen for visitation on March 16th, 2014. Other permit-accessible caves remain open.
Cave permits now available for selected park caves
FREE mandatory cave permits are now available to visit specific caves in El Malpais. Permits can be obtained at the El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. More »
07/20/2013Location: Zuni-Acoma trailhead on NM 53 Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Fee Information: No fees Contact Name: Information Center Contact Phone Number: 505-783-4774
Hike out on the Zuni-Acoma Trail to a nearby kipuka called Encerrito. From the summit, take in sweeping views of El Malpais including distant La Ventana Arch. Meet a park ranger at the start time in the parking lot of the Zuni-Acoma Trailhead (18 miles southwest of Grants on NM 53). Bring water, snacks, camera, and binoculars. Wear sturdy hiking boots, pants, hat, and sunscreen.