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Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM)
US 380 Carrizozo, NM 88301
SouthEast
575-648-2241

Four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380, Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted covering 125 square miles of the Tularosa Basin with molten rock up to 160 feet thick. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest flows in the U.S. From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk along the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards. It's also a virtual birdwatcher's paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows, and golden eagles. There is a small visitor center and bookstore. The area includes the ADA accessible, paved Malpais Nature Trail. There are 19 campsites with picnic shelters, tables, grills, and potable water at each site. RV electric hookups are available at 14 sites. Two sites are wheel chair accessible. The full facility bathroom is fully accessible and has showers. Vault toilets are available throughout the park. Fees: Day Use: one person in vehicle - $3, two or more - $5 Tent Camping: $7 Camping: with electric - $18, without electric - $12 Group Shelter: $25 Dump Fee: $15 Tour Bus: 15 or more people – 15