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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

6158 Us-380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
+1 575-648-2241
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On our return trip from southern New Mexico, we thought we'd stop by here for a few minutes. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beth N
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Placitas, New Mexico
Very neat

We stopped here and walked the path around the lava flows. The kids really enjoyed seeing lizards... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cynthia J
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“lava flow” (44 reviews)
“nature trail” (11 reviews)
“paved path” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
6158 Us-380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
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+1 575-648-2241
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"lava flow"
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"nature trail"
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"paved path"
in 6 reviews
"strollers and wheelchairs"
in 2 reviews
"tent camping"
in 6 reviews
"desert plant life"
in 2 reviews
"picnic facilities"
in 2 reviews
"thousand years"
in 4 reviews
"small visitor center"
in 4 reviews
"carlsbad caverns"
in 3 reviews
"new mexico"
in 16 reviews
"lava beds"
in 8 reviews
"small campground"
in 4 reviews
"bureau of land management"
in 3 reviews
"interpretive signs"
in 2 reviews
"clean restrooms"
in 4 reviews
"petroglyph site"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our return trip from southern New Mexico, we thought we'd stop by here for a few minutes. It was the middle of the afternoon so it was quite warm! Be sure to have a hat, sunscreen, and water with you if you go exploring!...More

1  Thank Beth N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here and walked the path around the lava flows. The kids really enjoyed seeing lizards and cicadas. Wish we had camped here instead of staying in a hotel, but since they don't take reservations, we didn't want to risk not getting a site....More

Thank Cynthia J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were running late in our trip so we decided not to venture south to Carlsbad Caverns and instead found this surprising recreation area. It was very nice to be able to walk among the lava rocks and even walk on them as we surprisingly...More

1  Thank Sweetra
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

This was our second visit to this small, but unique area. The visitors' center has information on the lava flow itself, the short hike into the lava field, camping, and additional sites of interest in the Carrizozo area. A raised platform overlooks the vast lava...More

1  Thank mwcw
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

This is a hidden little gem. Campground area is very spacious and clean. each spot has its own table, covered, with trash can, electric on most spots, and a fantastic view of the lava field. we have a 44ft fifth wheel and could move around...More

1  Thank Betty193r
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Just outside Carrizozo, on the highway that goes to Socorro. We stopped by to eat our picnic lunch after visiting Trinity Site & before heading to Capitan. Beautiful lava flow area in the middle of the desert. There are a few camping sites & a...More

Thank Teresa G
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Reviewed 23 April 2018

Found this leaving White Sands NP, great little campground, the lava flows were amazing, everything was clean, nice to have electric at the campsite and the price was cheap. Loved the small walk up the hill to look around the area, would go back to...More

Thank lmackinaw
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

This is a mile hike around a lava field. There is a ramp down to the lower trail loop. Cacti and other vegetation grows throughout the tubes, folds and cracks in the various levels of lava. An array of wildlife live in the lava and...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for a picnic on our way from Alamogordo to Albuquerque. Beautiful location and great covered picnic area with about 6-8 tables. Also clean bathrooms to use. Felt like we had been transported to Hawaii with black pahoehoe lava flows as far as you...More

Thank JoyousWITravel
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Easy to find clean facility with lots of parking. We stopped on the way to the Bosque del Apache but it is also is on the way to ABQ, Alamogordo or White Sands. It was a nice break from driving and we had a great...More

Thank Masch40
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Kevin F
29 April 2017|
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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.
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Melvin B
11 March 2017|
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Response from mosaiclover | Reviewed this property |
No. First come first served.
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Jacob G
17 February 2017|
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Response from tchrs |
Variable depending on temps and rain. Would be easiest to call and ask. Varies from April to June
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