By Car

Interstate 40 is the main east-west highway into the region. The El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center is located at exit 85 just south of the interstate at the northern boundary of the monument. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and provides orientation to the area.

To drive into the monument proper, you will need to take Exit 89 or Exit 81 from Interstate 40. Exit 89 takes you to Highway 117, which travels along the eastern boundary of the park. Highway 117 is common for scenic drives and hiking.

Exit 81 takes you along Highway 53 and the western boundary of the park. There are several hiking opportunities, caving access, and access to Big Tubes off County Road 42. Continuing down Highway 53 will take you to El Morro National Monument.

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.

By Air

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 7,000-foot paved runway, terminal building, ramp with aircraft tie downs, and an FBO with fuel and mechanical services.

A tour bus parked on a wide dirt road loading passengers.
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 14, 2021

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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