Sites on Hwy 117
El Malpais Ranger Station (BLM)
A 1.5 mile graded and marked nature trail heads up the ridge behind the ranger station. Restrooms, water, and a picnic table are available.
A gravel road leads up to a spectacular overlook of the varied lava flows of El Malpais. Picnic tables and toilets are available here. Hikers can wander the cliffs or route find to the lands below.
Joe Skeen Campground (BLM)
This primitive campground features 10 sites with shade shelters, pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire grates. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The east side trailhead for the rugged Zuni-Acoma Trail; be prepared for this strenuous hike.
La Ventana Arch (BLM)
One of the largest sandstone arches in New Mexico can be found just 18 miles south of the interstate. A short trail leads to a viewpoint. Pit toilets and picnic tables are available here.
South Narrows Picnic Area & Narrows Rim Trailhead (BLM)
Picnic tables, shade shelters, and pit toilets are available. Begin the 8 mile Narrows Rim trail here.
Explore the recent McCartys Lava Flow on this 1.5 mile cairned hiking route. Enjoy the surreal moonscape created by volcanism. Toilets and picnic tables are available here.