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Valley of Fires Recreation Area

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Great place to walk with clean restrooms. Nice camping spots for tents and RVs. Hope to visit again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to walk with clean restrooms. Nice camping spots for tents and RVs. Hope to visit again soon.

Thank fmbaca
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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104 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has great views and the staff is really nice. I used the showers and they were sparkling clean. I chose site 25 for my 2 dogs and my tent and it was wonderful. There's a secluded little tent only section at the end starting with site #20. If you're tent camping don't miss it. In this area there... More 

Thank Kate G
The Woodlands, Texas
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113 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went exploring and found Valley of the Fires. Even though we did not camp, I loved their set up. If you camp you can either do tents or vehicles, they have hook ups, bathrooms and showers. They have a wonderful walking trail that takes you through the lava flow and signs letting you know the animals and vegetation you... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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110 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped at the valley of the fires and was pleasantly suprised, the trail was easily accessible and an easy walk with great views of an ancient lava flow. Worth the stop

Thank zandrew26
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68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Really interesting park that is built right on lava flows from five thousand years ago. The landscape is fascinating to see. There is a very small visitor center with a map of the one mile loop trail that takes you thru the lava field. Informative story boards do a good job of explaining the sites. We camped in the rv... More 

Thank mosaiclover
Bozeman, Montana
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

As "snow-mads," we planned on camping here for a night but loved it so much we stayed a week and wish we could have lingered longer. The park itself is beautiful, clean, and run by great people. We had an electric site, but would definitely recommend the nonelectric spots as well--there weren't any bad spots. Its location is central to... More 

Thank durrae j
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This lava bed is 127 square miles in size. This area is similar to what you find in the Hawaiian Islands. Place to picnic and nice walking trails. There is a fee.

Thank Dudley H
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Walk through a relatively recent lava flow. The rocks cooled about 5,000 years ago, which is recent enough that you still see where it rippled and bubbled as it flowed. We spent the night in the campground, so we walked the trail twice. The trail is not long or difficult, but the long ramp down to the lava flow would... More 

Thank Deanna D
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A beautiful place to get great site seeing. Also tons of information about the volcano. Nice hiking as well!!

Thank Caty D
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

There's a short hike here but the best feature is a very nice campground that makes a great base for further explorations of this area. The campground is large and spacious, and the tenting area is nicely separated from the RV spaces. The former is literally tucked in next to a tongue of lava, while the latter overlooks the Malais.... More 

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