We had been to 3 Rivers Petroglyphs earlier and from the top of the mountain, you could see the white from white sands and what almost seemed to be a definitive line of what started black. My son then suggested that we drive on to the Valley of Fires. It was great! I had been disappointed the day before at Lake Valley Historic, so this was a welcome change. It was hot--107. The walkway was hot because for some reason they asphalted about half of it. But it was tolerable. Just make sure you take water. There are signs that explain what you are seeing and while parts were reminiscent of Volcano National Parks lava field, the smell of sulphur wasn't there. Of course neither was the vegetation. I wish we had packed a lunch. The bookstore was nice.
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