The wayside stop is most easily accessed heading east from Cortez. The parking lot includes a kiosk describing the effort to restore and preserve the Flume, and a short handicap walkway leads to an overlook of the Flume. Additional panels there tell the story of the water history of the Montezuma Valley, from Ancestral Puebloan times to the 21st century.
There are no services available at the McElmo Creek Flume. Public restrooms are available at the Ute Rest area, 3 miles further east on highway 160.