Carrizozo, New Mexico: Valley of Fires Lava Fields

An ancient flow of black lava stretches across US 380. Visit the park and walk around the lava, even camp in the lava.
Address:
US Hwy 380, Carrizozo, NM
Directions:
Four miles northwest of Carrizozo on US Hwy 380. Park entrance is on the south side of the highway. If you keep driving west on 380, you pass right through the center of the lava flows.
Admission:
Free to see from the road, fees if you enter the park.
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The Valley of Fires

The Valley of Fires, or Carrizozo Malpais, is a series of ancient lava flows about ten miles long. There are several scenic spots to pull off by the roadside (which are free), and there is also a park with camping and hiking areas (for various fees). The lava flows are just incredible, especially with the mountains in the background. It is just a really strange place. You're driving through flat, boring New Mexico, and then there's this! It is like being on another planet.

[Jackie, 10/11/2013]

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