A hiker walks in a small channel of rugged lava next to a dead tree.  A ponderosa forest creates contrast between itself and the barren lava.
El Malpais features extremely rugged lava terrain for hiking.

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Amenities within El Malpais

Scenic driving outside of Grants will take visitors to good views of many features in the park. Different amenities are available at different sites, which may impact how you plan to enjoy your visit.


Available Amenities

Sandstone Bluffs

  • Gravel parking lot
  • Pit toilet
  • Wooden ramps to viewing area north of interpretive sign. Ramp may be narrow for some power chair models, but nearby areas may be accessible.

Acoma-Zuni Trail
(Highway 117 Trailhead)

  • Gravel parking lot
  • No pit toilet/restroom available
  • Trail access may have corners too narrow for most wheelchairs and powerchair models

Lava Falls

  • Gravel parking lot
  • Pit toilet available
  • Picnic tables
  • Trail is not accessible to wheelchairs or power chairs due to extremely rough terrain.

Zuni-Acoma Trail
(Highway 53 Trailhead)

  • Paved parking area
  • Pit toilet available
  • Paved trail--very short, cracks present in asphalt

El Calderon Area

  • Gravel parking area
  • Pit toilet available
  • Picnic area, shaded
  • Gravel trail may be accessible with assistance.
    • The entrance to Junction Cave can be viewed without going in.
    • A narrow, very rough area exists at Double Sinks.
    • Steep inclines are present on both sides of the loop trail.
  • None of the caves are currently wheelchair accessible.

Fully Accessible Facilities in Grants

The El Malpais Visitor Center in Grants has the following universal design features:

  • Designated wheelchair accessible parking spaces
  • Ramped sidewalks and walkways
  • Accessible picnic tables
  • Automatic doors
  • Accessible restrooms
  • Movie captioning in English, with assistive listening eqipment also available
  • Braille park maps available at the Visitor Center desk

Last updated: January 9, 2021

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


505 876-2783

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