AAA Editor Notes
Valley of Fires Recreation Area is 4 mi. w. via US 380 to 6158 US 380, adjacent to the Malpais (badlands) Lava Flow. About 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 4-6 miles wide, 160 feet thick and covers 125 square miles. This lava flow is considered to be one of the youngest lava flows in the Continental United States.
A three-quarter-mile walking trail winds through the lava beds. In addition to cactus and other plants characteristic of the Chihuahuan Desert, the area is a haven for bird-watching; great horned owls, golden eagles, hawks and turkey vultures are among the many species that might be spotted.
Pets on leash are allowed. Camping is permitted.