Valley of Fires Recreation Area to temporarily close for maintenance

Carrizozo, N.M. – The Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office will close the Valley of Fires Recreation Area from April 12-23 for maintenance and upgrades. The closure includes camping as well as day-use areas. The Malpais Nature Trail and the Valley of Fires Visitor Center will also be closed.

The scheduled maintenance will include heavy equipment operations to brush, patch and fog-seal the roads and parking areas to extend their life. Building structures will undergo rehabilitation work to include stucco and roof repair. The BLM will post signs to notify the public of the closure.

For more information, the public can contact the BLM Roswell Field Office at 575-627-0272.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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Jillian Aragon