Getting Around

A blue, late 1950s classic car faces a sidewalk and a distant mesa.
A Route 66 traveler visits El Malpais.

NPS photo by Rick Best

Exploring the region by vehicle can be done on paved highways or rugged backcountry dirt roads.

Travelers leaving the pavement are advised to get up-to-date road information and weather reports from the visitor center before heading out.

The El Calderon Trailhead road and Sandstone Bluffs road are generally passable to all vehicles. Four-wheel-drive and high clearance are recommended for other park backcountry roads, such as when driving to the Big Tubes area.


Other Things to Do

A caver crawling on their hands and knees shines their light into a wide crawlspace.


See what you'll discover in a lava tube cave!

A smiling park ranger points at wildflowers.

Ranger Programs

Learn something new with a park ranger!

A hiker with a backpack stoops down to look at a hole in the cooled lava.


Lace up your shoes and explore a trail!

Last updated: August 15, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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