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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Carrizozo, NM
+1 575-648-2241
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Beautiful Lava Fields

Interesting venue in the middle of nowhere. Nice pathway through the lava beds. Good overlook for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Stewart S
Saint Joseph, Michigan
Worth the stop

We have driven through this recreation area many times. We decided we needed to see what was going... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sue p
Ellisville, Missouri
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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“lava flow” (42 reviews)
“nature trail” (10 reviews)
“tent camping” (6 reviews)
Carrizozo, NM
+1 575-648-2241
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting venue in the middle of nowhere. Nice pathway through the lava beds. Good overlook for those who cannot walk around the grounds. Very hot so wear a hat and you need sunglasses. Be careful of critters as you walk!

Thank Stewart S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have driven through this recreation area many times. We decided we needed to see what was going on here. Wow, what a nice surprise. We did the 2/3 mile loop around the lava area. It is very scenic with an amazing amount of desert...More

Thank sue p
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive little campground in NM about an hour and a half from the Trinity Atomic Site (which we plan to visit tomorrow). Only about a dozen RV pads, and all are first come first serve with no reservations. Got in early (around 1:30pm) and it...More

Thank Rhonda W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit and see all the lava beds. They are amazing! Beautiful cacti are also in great abundance and very spectacular. The area has a very nice walking trail-approximately 2/3 of a mile long. This is a definite "must see"...More

Thank 44876Diane1943
Reviewed 15 September 2017

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 11 September 2017

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 27 August 2017

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
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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.