Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Valley of Fires Recreation Area, Carrizozo: Address, Phone Number, Valley of Fires Recreation Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Valley of Fires Recreation Area
4.5
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Address
6158 Us-380, Carrizozo, NM 88301
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4.5
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LisaMNUSA
Minnesota594 contributions
Great Park
Jun 2021
We stopped here while driving from white sands national park to Albuquerque. The entrance fee is $5, pay it yourself. Plenty of parking. We walked the 1 mile paved loop trail. It was very interesting to see lava and many plants. I visited here in June, there were many cactus flowers. A very beautiful park.
Written June 13, 2021
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RMurray847
Albuquerque, NM277 contributions
Review from RV'er perspective. Great time, but two BIG caveats
May 2021
We just spent two nights here (in early May, 2021) and there are many great things, but we also had two big problems.

Problem one (probably only an issue in 2021). The sites, and in fact most the campground, have been re-blacktopped. It LOOKS great. So shiny and new. But the stuff is still quite tacky, and we ended up tracking tar into our RV and getting it everywhere. I accidentally knelt on the ground to look at something under my rig, and now I have a ruined pair of pants. When we put our leveling blocks down and leveled our rig, when we left, we found we had left giant lego-shaped impressions in the tar. And when it gets even hotter there in June/July...yikes, it's going to be a problem. Hopefully by next year, it will be better. But this is really something to watch for.

Problem 2: They did a great job re-surfacing everything (see above) but most of the sites, despite looking lovely, are very un-level. We had one heck of a time levelling our 30 ft class A. The sites slope front to back AND to the side. A recipe for a real leveling challenge. We walked around the campground and saw lots of very precariously propped-up rigs (our own included). It's a shame they didn't fix some of this before they resurfaced everything.

The campground, otherwise, is great. The spots are generously sized and spread pretty far apart. Each site has water, a metal picnic table with a substantial shade covering, a fire pit and a grill. Most have 50 amp electric, which worked very cleanly. Water pressure was acceptable.

Most of the sites also have great views of the lava field. The field itself has a 2/3rd mile loop trail with lots of interesting information. We actually walked it 3 different times, first in the evening (and we really enjoyed when the bats came shortly before sunset) and discovered new things each time. There are other, longer trails around, but when we were there the visitor center/gift shop were still closed for COVID and we had no one we could get good information from. We stumbled across a couple of trailheads, but were reluctant to go too far, not knowing what we were in for.

The grounds also include some outstanding tent camping sites, if that's of interest. The dump station is easy to get to. There are also several new looking restrooms, but when we were there, all were closed (again, due to COVID). That was fine with us, but if you're needing restroom facilities available, maybe call ahead.

It's a lovely place and we look forward to returning.
Written May 10, 2021
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ROCtraveler30
Fort Collins, CO1,501 contributions
Walk on New Lava
Apr 2021
Here you can walk a paved trail through some of the "newest" lava in the continental US - but it is still a couple thousand years old. It is a fascinating <1 mile stroll once you get down to the lava field. It is interesting to see how the lava reacted as it cooled, and to see the desert plants which are encroaching on the barren landscape. We just stopped for an afternoon visit, but there are multiple primitive campsites available (that appeared very popular). Some services are limited during the pandemic, and they seemed to be renovating the shower building when we were there. Be careful about Summer heat in this treeless area!
Written April 13, 2021
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Robert B
Soldotna463 contributions
How the earth changes.
Mar 2021
This is a very fascinating part of New Mexico. The massive irruption that took place many centuries ago now leaves they reminisce of hardened lava as far as the eye can see. It's certainly worth the drive and the vast geographical changes that has taken place in this area.
Written April 4, 2021
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K.is.for.Krisi
Dallas, TX245 contributions
Beautiful place to hike or picnic
Feb 2021 • Family
I had low expectations for our Ruidoso-based trip but ended up with a desire to return next year given the beautiful & varied geography around the area. We enjoyed a picturesque picnic each day with one being at the Valley of Fires Recreation Area, which had covered tables, in-ground BBQ pits and a bathroom (closed due to COVID). The weather was perfect (70ish). If we didn’t have other things to see and do that day we would have stayed to walk the paved pathway. We will make time for this next time. Our son isn’t yet walking so we explored a little with him in his carrier. There were signs for rattlesnake warnings so something to keep in mind if you have young children who are able to walk.
Written February 5, 2021
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Max H
New Braunfels, TX212 contributions
Natural wonder
Dec 2020
BLM recreational area adjacent to one of newest lava flows in US. One can walk through the area on 3/4 mile developed path and see desert plants growing midst the lava. BLM camping with RV hook-ups.

Stark beauty of nature's wonder.
Written December 24, 2020
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Brad
Albuquerque, NM208 contributions
Valley of Fires Out-of-this-world Pit Stop
Oct 2020
We made a quick pit stop at the Valley of Fires on our return drive from Ruidoso to Albuquerque. The whole place is so out-of-this world.

We didn't have time to do the trail, but could view it from the lookout point. Because of the heat, I would go in the morning or evening, if it's open.

Note: The bathrooms had a code on them. We had no idea what it was.

Very unique and worth the stop!
Written October 11, 2020
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Raven
Albuquerque, NM3 contributions
An impressive view through time!
Jul 2020 • Solo
This was my second time here, the first having been just a quick stop on the road. I was so impressed by the formations and texture compared to other lava flow parks that I came back specifically to hike, take photos, and do some geocaching.
I absolutely love the flows here! The color and intensity of the rock, the caves, the sunsets, all beautiful! I'll definitely be back to camp and do some sketches soon.
Written July 22, 2020
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Teresa R
Clovis, NM723 contributions
Perfect place for a morning stroll
Mar 2020
I had been there in the 70's (yes, I'm that old!) and there were no paved trails or campsites. The paved trail and boardwalks were in excellent condition and the signage was very informative. The hilltop view was a perfect photo op spot.
Written March 4, 2020
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luv2trvlRedondoBeach
Redondo Beach, CA563 contributions
A Natural Wonder
Dec 2019
We were traveling with an exchange student from Portugal who'd never seen a lava field so we put this on our to do list. We found the fields to be amazing; they seem to go on forever. The lava fields occurred due to a vent in the earth, which caused the lava to flow over an extensive area.

One must enter the campground to access the boardwalk that runs through the lava field. There is a pay station at the entrance, but if you are only there for the boardwalk make sure you don't pay the camping fee.

There is a visitor's center at the rear of the property that has flush toilets, so use them instead of the vault toilets throughout the campground. And they have a free library in the visitor center for you to pick up a book and leave a book in you have run out of reading materials while vacationing. There was a lovely host couple who just arrived for the winter from North Dakota. We enjoyed visiting with them.

The boardwalk runs through the lava field. It is an easy walk, and one is allowed to step off onto the lava flow. We were surprised with the amount of plant life living in the lava flow. We walked fairly briskly as a storm was brewing. In fact, on our return 3 days later the area was covered with snow. This area is definitely worth a stop, as there aren't many places you can see this type of natural wonder.
Written January 7, 2020
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