Valley of Fires Trail

EASY 8 reviews

Valley of Fires Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Carrizozo, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.0 miles
32 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly




A paved loop trail through a Lava flow.

1 month ago

Nicely maintained (BLM) 3/4-1 mile paved trail (handicap friendly-including wheelchairs), with 14 'information points' so you learn about the Lava field, wildlife & plants of the area. Takes 60-90 minutes and has good photography capability throughout. Better to go early morning/evening to see/hear more wildlife moving about. There are also numerous picnic & camping areas with water/electric & dump stations, & restrooms/showers. Information/gift shop has BLM maps, as well as other related books-including children's books/toys. Definitely could/will do this again!

2 months ago

3 months ago

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My 3 kids (ages 9, 8, and 5) did this hike with our black lab on Mothers Day 2013, and we all really liked it. I had done this hike in the past and remember it being more "out on the lava", which I liked at the time, but the current hike is very accessible and not at all strenuous. This hike actually got my kids interested in hiking and has led to many more similar adventures since. This hike is pretty short and definitely what I would rate as easy, but it is well worth the trip. I've never seen anything else like it!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This trail starts going down about a 100' bluff; but is not steep at all. A series of switchbacks make the slope very easy. Several markers are along the way; and with the available brochure, you can be informed as you traverse the trail.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

This place is really, really unusual. The path is paved, so it is stroller and wheel chair accessible. The walk will take you over a field of lava for as far as you can see. I especially like how you can see the peak of the volcano that formed the lava flow.