Little Black Peak Wilderness Study Area

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.

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Geographic Coordinates

33.75688861, -105.9284775


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.