Visitor Center

The visitor center in Grants
El Malpais Visitor Center in Grants, New Mexico


Located just south of I-40 at Exit 85, the El Malpais Visitor Center is your public lands gateway for the region. It is open daily 9 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1.

Big RVs and oversize vehicles will fit in our large parking lot.

A picnic area next to the front entrance is the perfect place to relax and plan your next adventure in El Malpais National Monument. You can also stretch you legs on a short hiking trail that starts just off from the parking area.

Our Western National Parks Association park store has topographic maps, field guides, books, and postcards for your perusal.

The main lobby in the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center
Visitors enjoy the views from the main lobby of the El Malpais Visitor Center.


Our 60 seat theater is the perfect place to enjoy a video about New Mexico, including the award winning "Remembered Earth," a 27 minute documentary that summarizes the high desert legacy of northwest New Mexico.

Group Use and Reservations

The visitor center is available for a fee for certain types of group use during normal operating hours. Please call our staff at 505-876-2783 with any requests for group use.

Visitors enjoy views of the galaxy at the visitor center.
Visitors enjoy views of the galaxy at the El Malpais Visitor Center.


Enjoy a Park Ranger Program!

Check the Event Schedule for the latest in programs at the Visitor Center and in the park.

Last updated: October 4, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783

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