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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

6158 Us-380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
+1 575-648-2241
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Its a Valley

this was kinda cool, the lava fields are so big its just crazy to think of how big the eruption... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
John S
North Richland Hills, Texas
Lava... in the middle of the desert? Apparently so.

US Highway 380 cuts right through the flow (about 2 1/2 miles) and has numerous places to pull off... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
Robert B
Sylacauga, Alabama
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“lava fields” (18 reviews)
“nature trail” (11 reviews)
“paved walkway” (3 reviews)
6158 Us-380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

this was kinda cool, the lava fields are so big its just crazy to think of how big the eruption was, this is a park area and they have bathrooms, camping, and day use areas

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 23 July 2017

US Highway 380 cuts right through the flow (about 2 1/2 miles) and has numerous places to pull off the highway if you're just passing through as we were. The recreation area appears to be well equipped with hook-ups for RVs, picnic areas and hiking...More

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We found this area by accident on the way to Lincoln County. We topped a hill and could not tell what was in the narrow valley between us and the (very) small town. There is a small park and turnout. Remember this is desert.

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

While passing through Alamogordo, I decided to visit Valley of Fires Recreation Area. It is a bit of a drive but thought it was worth the drive. This BLM site is a lava field, somewhat similar, but also different than Newberry in Oregon. Arrived about...More

1  Thank wewhynot
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Just up the road from Alamagordo, New Mexico and past Three Rivers Petroglyph site is Valley of Fires Recreation Area. I started seeing the lava flow way before I got to Valley of Fires, and found out that the flow is about 40 miles long...More

1  Thank AuntieM64
Reviewed 1 July 2017

The nice part of this one is the paved pathway through part of the field, making it accessible to all. But it does get HOT in the summer. Easy to see a lot just driving along NM 380.

Thank KCsew
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

There is a paved walkway that winds through the lava field. It was quite interesting but go early morning if summertime - we were there around noon and it was very hot - at least there was a breeze so that helped. There are interpretive...More

Thank Shelly R
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We planned on camping here as it was in between our planned visits to White Sands National Monument and the Very Large Array, and the campground also has showers which is unusual for BLM land. We pulled in late afternoon, secured and paid for a...More

1  Thank Donna S
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Valley of Fire is a most facinating attraction. A lava field that stretches 2 miles wide and as far as the eye can see. Great place for a picnic or a week in the campground situated high above the valley floor. Very nice clean facilities...More

1  Thank ravensnest89
Reviewed 1 June 2017

“WOW—it looks like the volcano exploded yesterday!” The lava flow stopped thousands of years ago, but it really appeared much more recent. There are a multitude of picnics areas, a small information center, and walking trails. Just how thick is the lava? Up to 165...More

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Kevin F
29 April 2017|
Response from Kate G | Reviewed this property |
I was there 2 weeks ago and the water was on. They probably turn it off in winter to keep it from freezing.
Melvin B
11 March 2017|
Response from mosaiclover | Reviewed this property |
No. First come first served.