Location: Four miles west of Carrizozo, along Highway 380
Elevation Range: 4,000-5,676 feet
BLM Acreage: 15,469 acres
The Little Black Peak WSA is located in the central part of New Mexico. At 5,676 feet, Little Black Peak, the primary source of the surrounding lava flow, is the only feature rising significantly above the surrounding flat plain. It is a rugged landscape of lava approximately 5,000 years old. The lava is broken by fissures and jumbled outcrops, and includes an occasional lava tube. Sparse desert shrubs and grasses grow in the cracks, providing an interesting contrast of green against the black lava. The area supports a remarkably diverse ecosystem, including some species that have developed darker skin coloration to match the rock.
Hiking onto the lava flow is extremely rugged. You must be well prepared with appropriate footwear and other outdoor gear.
Access is from Highway 380, 4.5 miles west of Carrizozo. There are several pullouts on U.S. 380 from which you may hike northeast onto the lava flow.
1. This area may be accessed with a standard vehicle. Conditions of roads can change at any time due to weather. Drivers should avoid dirt roads during rain or snow. Drivers should be cautious of wash-out following rain or snowmelt.
2. There are no marked trails in this WSA. Visitors must possess knowledge and skill in cross country hiking and navigating.
Roswell Field Office
2909 West Second Street
Roswell, NM 88201