Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo

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  • We enjoyed the boardwalk trail. Unfortunately some of the signage is hard to read because of sun damage. $5 entry fee for two or more, but a better value for the Senior National Park pass (half price)...  more »
  • 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 o...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Very cool camp, very affordable. Excellent facilities. Plenty of water and restrooms. The lava is awesome. Beautiful scenery. My only complaint is no one was at the office 2 different times for hours ! I finally got someone on the phone and explained I was on my way and wanted a BLM map they have, she said OK. 8 minutes later....NOBODY'S THERE !!! Don't put the open sign up or post the hours if NOBODY IS GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE.
  • Great place to get out and stretch while on the long drive to/from Carrizozo on Highway 380. The unique rocks are part of a lava flow from an ancient volcano. Good picnic spot. Hiking is a bit treacherous, due to the rock shapes, so wear strong supportive shoes.
  • Campsites for both tent and hookups was very clean, nice and well done. The facilities for bathrooms and showers was one of the top best facilities ever. Handicap accessible. Rangers amoung the friendliest and fun.
  • This is well worth a stop. The hiking trail is in great shape and even handicap accessible. It's rather short but that's not an issue since the landscape really doesn't change much. If you go to the end of the road through the campground, you can hike the raw lava flow. Some unmarked trails will take you into more interesting scenery but be very careful, the lava rock is sharp and uneven. Easy to get hurt with a small misstep. The ranger station, bathrooms and showers are well maintained and everything throughout the park is clean. There are some RV hookups but they are limited and even thought the spots are paved, most are uneven and require a lot of work to get level. The tent spots are fairly private and have shelter and campfire pits.
  • Wonderful campground with excellent facilities. Both 30 and 50 amp hookups for RVs. Dump station. Very nice central bathroom with showers plus other bathrooms around the park.

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