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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Carrizozo, NM
+1 575-648-2241
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Amazing Geology

Driving through the middle of no-where New Mexico with all the colors of the desert, suddenly you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Memphis, Tennessee
Unique Campground

This is a no-reservation campground but if you arrive early evening, you should get a spot. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Austin, Texas
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“lava flow” (40 reviews)
“nature trail” (10 reviews)
“black lava” (7 reviews)
Carrizozo, NM
+1 575-648-2241
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving through the middle of no-where New Mexico with all the colors of the desert, suddenly you come across all black rocks with cactus growing from the nooks and crannies. It's a BLM property and well-maintained. This is a lava spew from only 5,000 to...More

Thank GypsyBreeze
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a no-reservation campground but if you arrive early evening, you should get a spot. The campsites sit high above the valley and have remarkable views across the lava flow. Non of the sites are very level and we had to put down a...More

Thank Austxnaturegal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We accidentally found this park in the middle of nowhere. Pulled in and were surprised by the views and nice RV paved spots. Nightly price was great and even better having the National Discount making it $9.00 a night. Only complaint was the knats that...More

Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

If you are a camper, this appears to be a clean location with nice facilities. The young lady at the park was super friendly. It was in fact a lava field, and has a nice walkway through it, but a few minutes for me, was...More

Thank hottoddy88
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 22 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 22 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 19 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

Thank AuntieM64
Reviewed 2 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
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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.