Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo

#26 of 88 in Nature in New Mexico
Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located in Carrizozo. Plan your Valley of Fires Recreation Area visit and explore what else you can see and do in Carrizozo using our Carrizozo visit planner.
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  • Spectacular rock formations from lava & sandstone. Nice walk or drive through the park. Super nice staff.  more »
  • 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 »
  • This is a very neat place to visit. We have stopped here a couple times during trips through the area. It starts off as just a black strip off in the distance. As you get closer, the landscape changes and you realize that what is on the ground is lava rock. Upon entering the park area, you are able to view out over the lava fields and see the expanse of the ancient lava flow. With the walking path, you are able to venture down into the valley like area and wonder among the mounds of lava rock. It has been a neat experience each time we have been.
  • Excellent recreation area. The walk through the lava field in great. The walk through the lava formation is fairly easy. Many different lava rock formations can be seen here, There is also a small visitor center and gift shop. I was really impressed by the 600 year old juniper.
  • The paved walk will take you to a good sample of photo opportunities. If hiking through the lava you are responsible for your own safety. It is jagged, broken with gaps and drops. There are falling and tripping hazards; cactus spines will puncture running shoes. Some domes are hollow and could collapse. It will take much longer than expected to go even a short distance. You can see the lava close up and it is remarkable!
  • Super cool lava rock formations! If you are driving by worth taking 10-15min to stop by
  • Awesome place. Sadly i only stayed a cpl of nights due to weather getting colder. I can't wait to return next summer

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