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.
Interstate 40 is the main east-west highway into the region. The El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center is located at exit 85. This center is located 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, connects to County Road 42 if you plan on driving to Big Tubes, and points beyond such as El Morro National Monument.
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.