Getting Around

Thanks to the rugged lava landscape, there are no roads through El Malpais. Two scenic state highways follow the eastern and northwestern borders of the monument, and a rugged dirt road crosses the southern boundary. Travelers leaving the pavement are advised to get up-to-date road information and weather reports from the visitor center before heading out. Four-wheel-drive and high clearance are highly recommended (and often required) 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: January 2, 2022

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants , NM 87020


505 876-2783

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