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Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo

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TripAdvisor
  • A beautiful place to get great site seeing. Also tons of information about the volcano. Nice hiking as well!! 
  • There's a short hike here but the best feature is a very nice campground that makes a great base for further explorations of this area. The campground is large and spacious, and the tenting area is ni...  more »
  • While on a trip between El Paso to While Sands to Albuquerque we passed by the Valley of Fires Recreation Area. I had seen this on the map as I was planning our trip and had intended to stop here. Unf...  more »
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  • I post a lot of 5-star reviews so consider this one a six. We heard about this area from a local and decided to stop on our way north. It ended up being one of our favorite stops on the trip. The landscape is rolling lava the likes of which I've only seen in Dimmu Borgir. There's a great diversity of animal and plant life, you can sometimes see tarantulas wandering the paths, and we saw many bats emerging at dusk. It was empty when we stopped by but there's camping and plenty of parking. Highly recommended.
  • Didn't know there was such a place. One small volcano filled a huge area with lava. Boardwalk gets you up and close to chilled lava. Glad I got to see it. Impressive!
  • Cool area. Nice board walk and you can walk on the lava itself. Bring good shoes if you plan to walk the lava. It can be sharp.
  • Beautiful, quiet, easy hiking trails, hosts very friendly, RV sites are. A little hard to level out in.well kept, clean
  • Always enjoy stopping here and taking a walk around the trail. Surprisingly the lava is only 5000 years old. As my old Geology prof said, "that's like yesterday in Geological time." He said that about the flows around Mt. St. Helens in 1978. Sure enough, 2 years later it erupted. So it's fun to imagine this flow firing up again.