Major airlines serve Albuquerque, New Mexico, 72 miles east of the monument. Rental vehicles are available in Albuquerque and limited rentals are available in Grants, New Mexico and Gallup, New Mexico.

For aircraft owners, Grants-Milan Airport (GNT) features a 7000 foot paved runway, terminal building, ramp with aircraft tie downs, and an FBO with fuel and mechanical services.


By Car

Interstate 40 is the main east-west highway into the region. The main visitor center for El Malpais National Monument is located at exit 85. This center is located south of the interstate, is open daily and provides orientation to the area.

Exit 89, east of Grants, puts you onto NM Highway 117, which travels the eastern boundary of the park. There are many sight-seeing areas and hikes here. Also, the Bureau of Land Management's El Malpais Ranger Station is located 9 miles south of this exit and open May 24, 2018 through September 3, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with the exception of a closure on July 1.

Exit 81, west of Grants, will take you along NM Highway 53 and travel the western boundary of the park. There are many hiking opportunities here and the NPS El Malpais Information Center is located 25 miles from the exit.

Public Transportation

Greyhound bus lines has service to Grants along I-40. A local transit line provides public transportation in the Grants-Milan area during the week.

A tour bus unloads visitors at Sandstone Bluffs
Sandstone Bluffs, Lava Falls, El Calderon, and all visitor centers are accessible to large or oversize vehicles.

NPS photo by Rick Best

Last updated: June 10, 2018

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Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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