Valley of Fires Recreation Area


The Valley of Fires Recreation Area is adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow, a BLM Wilderness Study Area. The lava flow is between 1,500 and 2,000 years old, making it the youngest such flow in the continental United States. It extends from Little Black Peak south into the Tularosa Basin for 44 miles. The flow is between 4 and 6 miles wide and the lava is 160 feet deep at its thickest point. A surprising number and variety of plants and animals thrive in the rugged landscape of the flow.


From Alamogordo, take US Highway 54 north for 58 miles to Carrizozo. Travel four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380. Or,from Interstate 25, exist at San Antonio and travel 62 miles east on US 380.


(575) 648-2241



Valley of Fires Recreation Area P.O. Box 871 Carrizozo, NM 88301


Camping Interpretive Programs Hiking Picnicking


BLM - Bureau of Land Management

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