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Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo
(4.6/5 based on 140 reviews on the web)
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  • We stopped here on our way to White Sands. We had seen this in the 1970's but thought it was worth another stop. It is quite unique to see and serves as a nice place to get out and stretch a bit. You ...  more »
  • I imagine that it's great when flowering Yuccas and desert spoon plants. The contrast with the frozen, black shiny lava photographing sure there a lot. Numerous signs give information about geology, flora and fauna. Since I've been to Hawaii, I was less surprised than maybe someone has never seen a lava flow of. If you're nearby, well worth a visit. At least to find himself in an unusual landscape, the legs of a long drive to represent.
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  • We're glad we stopped by on our way from Lincoln to Cloudcroft but wouldn't stop again. Interesting lava fields but nothing compared to Hawaii! The Park Rangers at the small visitors center were frien...  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.