This is a great picnic stop over when traveling by. They have camping and picnic shelters and can accommodate large rigs. The nature trail is paved and handicap accessible. The displays are informative, and all in all, it's a great diversion. You can walk pets on a leash, and walk on the lava itself. It's really stark and beautiful
I stopped here on my way between Socorro and Alamogordo. I found it very interesting. The loop walk took me about 45 minutes. It was a perfect way to stretch my legs and see some very interesting geological sites. The gift shop was closed ..."gone to the post office" the sign said which I thought was charming.
Spur of the moment addition to our trip was a stop at the valley of fire lava fields. It was interesting to walk among the lava fields. There is a small visitor center and and rest rooms. The short path around the fields is fun. There are interesting info centers along the path. It has camping facilities.
We dropped in on (probably) the busiest weekend for this park, and the camphost found us a spot in an already-full park. The walk onto the lava field is beautiful and easy-managed. The park was quiet all night.
As others have mentioned, it is a good short stop on the way past, in our case the Trinity Site. Short paved trail takes you past many of the features that are repeated thru the 44mi length of the lava flow. $5 for a carload of people to go take a look, or there are a few wide spots along... 更多