Sites Along Highway 117


El Malpais Ranger Station (Bureau of Land Management)

The El Malpais Ranger Station is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information about the conservation area, visit their website. 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.

Sandstone Bluffs

A 1.5-mile gravel road leads up to a spectacular overlook of the varied lava flows of El Malpais. Picnic tables and toilets are available. Be mindful of the weather before your visit, especially if thunderstorms are in the forecast.

Joe Skeen Campground (Bureau of Land Management)

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. For further information, visit the National Conservation Area's website.

Acoma-Zuni Trailhead

The east side trailhead for the rugged Zuni-Acoma Trail; be prepared for this strenuous hike.

La Ventana Arch (Bureau of Land Management)

La Ventana Arch is one of the largest sandstone arches in New Mexico and is a common attraction 18 miles (29 km) south of Interstate 40. A 0.25-mile gravel trail leads to a viewpoint. Pit toilets and picnic tables are available. Further information can be found on the National Conservation Area's website.

South Narrows Picnic Area & Narrows Rim Trailhead (Bureau of Land Management)

Picnic tables, shade shelters, and pit toilets are available. The 8 mile (12.8 km) Narrows Rim trailhead is located close to the turn-off. Learn more on their website.

Lava Falls

Explore the recent McCartys Lava Flow on this 1-mile, cairned hiking route. Enjoy the surreal moonscape created by volcanism that ended approximately 3,900 years ago. Pit toilets and picnic tables are available.


Last updated: June 15, 2023

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