Skip to Primary Navigation Skip to Primary Content Skip to Footer Navigation

Valley of Fires Recreation Area

Phone
575-648-2241
Website
Official Website
Activity Type
Camping, Hiking, Winter Activities
Category
Being Outdoors, Family Fun

Valley of Fires recreation area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow, just west of Carrizozo. 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.

For more information on the Valley of Fires visit their BLM site.

Season

Year-round

Hours

Open 24 hours, but  Quiet Hours are from 10pm - 7am

Price

Day Use: $5

Tent Camping: $7

Camping without  Electric: $12

Camping with Electric: $18

Group Shelter: $25

Dump Fee: $15

 

General Information

Camping
The recreation area has 19 campsites 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
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.

Category
Being Outdoors, Family Fun
Season

Year-Round

Hours

24 hours, but quiet hours are from 10pm-7am

Price Note

Day Use: $5

Tent Camping: $7

Camping without  Electric: $12

Camping with Electric: $18

Group Shelter: $25

Dump Fee: $15

 

Highlights

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.

Download the Valley of Fires Nature Trail brochure here:

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/programs/recreation/rec_docs.Par.53781.File.dat/Valley%20of%20Fires%20Bro.pdf

Basic Directions

From mid-town Ruidoso, drive north on Hwy 48 for 9 miles, turn left on Hwy 37 north. Drive 14 miles, turn left on Hwy 380 west. Go through Carrizozo, Valley of Fires is 4 miles west and will be on your left.

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=720+Sudderth+Drive,+Ruidoso,+NM&daddr=Valley+of+Fires+Recreation+Area,+Carrizozo,+NM&hl=en&ll=33.484145,-105.831299&spn=1.168274,2.392273&sll=33.390216,-105.614943&sspn=0.146194,0.299034&geocode=Fdh7_AEdDt2z-SnnX4H-Jc7hhjFjOfnvvB7nvw%3BFWDzAQIdTsGv-SGu8kvk-g11mCmBayJYU84fhzGu8kvk-g11mA&oq=Valley+of+Fires&mra=ls&t=m&z=9

Ruidoso on Facebook Ruidoso on Flickr