Continental Divide Trail

A rounded triangle Continental Divide Trail sign post in front of blooming wildflowers.

Approximately thirty miles (48 km) of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) winds through both El Malpais National Monument and El Malpais National Conservation Area. Thru-hikers are often seen in mid- to late spring as they trek north from the Mexico to Canada.

If you plan on thru-hiking, water refill stations are seasonally available at the Fire Operations Center on Highway 53 or the El Malpais Visitor Center. Extra amenities are available in Grants. Consult the Continental Divide Trail Coalition website for more detailed information if you plan on doing the entire trail.


If you prefer a shorter hike, you can pick up segments of the CDT from the El Calderon Area and either of the trailheads for the Acoma-Zuni trail.


Last updated: February 4, 2021

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


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