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 is located 25 miles from the exit.
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.