November 18, 2022 update: The Valley of Fires Visitor Center is normally open every Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, due to staffing reasons the visitor center will be closed on Sunday, November 20, 2022 as well as November 25-27, 2022 (Fri-Sun). We will plan to re-open on December 2, 2022.

Valley of Fires

Phone:
Address:

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

Latitude/Longitude:
33.68226167, -105.9224303
Directions:

Four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380.

Valley of Fires

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling the basin with molten rock. The resulting lava flow is four to six miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. The lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the continental United States.

From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk through the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards. It's also a virtual birdwatcher's paradise with great horned owls, burrowing owls, turkey vultures, hawks, gnat catchers, cactus wrens, sparrows and golden eagles.

Adventure is at Your Fingertips

Know Before You Go

Fees

  • Day Use - one person in vehicle, $3.00.
  • Day Use - two or more in vehicle, $5.00.
  • Tent Camping - $7.00
  • RV Camping (13 sites)
    • with water & electric, $18.00.
    • without water & electric, $12.00.
    • dump Fee - $15.00
  • Group Shelter - group use, $25.00.
  • Tour Bus - 15 or more persons on board, $15.00.
  • America The Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Passes are sold here.

Special Rules

  • Quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.
  • No hunting.
  • No Off-Highway-Vehicle riding.

Camping

  • Reserve your campsite through Recreation.gov!
  • The recreation area has 19 RV campsites and 6 tent camping sites with picnic shelters, tables, grills, and potable water at each site. RV electric hookups are available at 14 sites. Two sites are wheel chair accessible. The full facility bathroom is fully accessible and has showers. Vault toilets are available throughout the park.

Trails

  • The fully accessible Malpais Nature Trail with interpretive displays starts at the group shelter and leads the visitor into the lava flow. The trail is paved and has a guide brochure.

Visitor Center 

  • November 18, 2022 update: The Valley of Fires Visitor Center is normally open every Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, due to staffing reasons the visitor center will be closed on Sunday, November 20, 2022 as well as November 25-27, 2022 (Fri-Sun). We will plan to re-open on December 2, 2022.
  • The Valley of Fires Visitor Center has books, postcards, t-shirts, and information about public lands in New Mexico. Book titles range from geology to the history of the area to travel guides to plant and animal identification. Other gifts are also available.
  • The visitor center hours may vary, please call in advance.

Brochures

Valley of Fires Recreation Area Brochure

Valley of Fires Recreation Area