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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Valley of Fires Visit: September, 2008
  • CampingBotCampingBot January 2011
    Originally posted in the old review system on 02/28/2009 by highz

    This is a developed, hosted campground with 19 sites. Many of the sites have water and electric. There is a dump station, hot showers and flush toilets and even a small visitor's center/shop. Campsites also have paved pads, sheltered picnic tables and grills. There is not a lot of privacy, since there are not many natural features to separate the sites. Campsites without electric are $12, and with electric are $18 per night. The town of Carrizozo is less than ten miles away if you need groceries.

    I visited on a weekday in September, 2008 and there were many empty campsites, but there were several other campers there.

    The campground is at one of the youngest (if not THE youngest) lava flows in the continental US; estimated to be only a few thousand years old. You can take a walk on a short (3/4 mile) interpretive trail that is partly paved and partly gravel, and is designed to protect the harsh, but fragile, ecosystem. The lava flow is starkly beautiful and is home to many creatures, including some that have evolved dark coloring to blend in with the black lava. A few hour's drive away is White Sands National Monument, where you can see animals that have evolved light coloring to blend in with the white environment. Also nearby is the Lincoln National Forest, with many other campsites and a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities.