A network of primitive roads through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Monument offers backcountry driving opportunities and access to the National Park Service (NPS) Preserve for those with high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Individuals seeking challenge and solitude will find both in the cross-country hiking available through the sage-brush covered flats and rugged lava flows of the Monument and Preserve.
Cross-country motorized travel is not allowed anywhere within the Monument and preserve except immediately adjacent to roads and trails for purposes of parking, turning around, or passing another vehicle.
Additional travel restrictions are in effect in certain areas to protect wildlife and sensitive features. Roads designated with seasonal closures may only be used during the open period. Permission from private land owners is required to cross private land unless legal access is provided by a Federal, State, or County Road.
Outside of the developed NPS Monument, there are no services and marginal phone coverage in the Monument and Preserve. Exploring these areas requires special planning and an awareness of potential hazards. Bring a map, compass or GPS, a reliable form of communication, first-aid kit, sun protection, fire extinguisher, shovel, and plenty of water, food and fuel. Always let someone know where you are traveling to and when you will return.
-Never park or drive on dry grass. The exterior of your exhaust system can reach temperatures up to 2800 degrees Farhenheit, igniting fires in dry vegetation. Vegetation can also gather on top of your exhaust system causing it to ignite. Equipping your vehicle with a proper exhaust system and spark arrestor may help to prevent this.
-Include a fire extinguisher and a shovel in your vehicle as standard equipment.
-Report all wildfires at #FIRE on your mobile phone.