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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Valley of Fires Recreation Area Review

Near Carrizozo is the stark Valley of Fires Recreation Area operated by the Bureau of Land Management. According to Native American legend a volcanic eruption about 1,000 years ago created a valley of fire here. When the lava cooled, a dark, jagged landscape remained. A ¾-mi trail penetrates the lava-flow area, which looks like a Star Trek backdrop and covers 44 mi (it's 5-mi wide in some places). Crevices and bowls trapping precious water nurture ocotillo and blooming cactus, creating natural landscaping along the well-maintained trail. The visitor center has a gift shop with souvenirs and books. Caving is allowed; get permits at the visitor center.

    Contact Information

  • Address: U.S. 380, 4 mi west of Carrizozo, Carrizozo, 88301 | Map It
  • Phone: 575/648–2241
  • Cost: $3 per individual, $5 per carload
  • Hours: Information center daily 8–4
  • Location: Carrizozo

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