Valley of Fires Recreation Area
P.O. Box 871
Carrizozo, NM 88301
Valley of Fires recreation area is located
immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000
years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the
Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava
flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square
miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows
in the continental United States.
a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk
through 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, buzzards, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens,
sparrows and golden eagles.
recreation area has 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.
fully accessible Malpais Nature Trail with interpretive displays starts
at the group shelter and leads the visitor into the lava flow. The
trail is paved and has a guide brochure.
Valley of Fires Visitor Center has books, postcards, t-shirts, and
information about public lands in New Mexico. Book titles range from
geology to the history of the area to travel guides to plant and animal
identification. Other gifts are also available.
Location / Access
Four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380.