8.6 Excellent
     
Carrizozo, New Mexico

Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM)

Carrizozo, New Mexico



Carrizozo, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 648-2241

Sites: 19
Recent Rate: $9 5/2016

Latitude: 33.6847821774463
Longitude: -105.919961929321

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

46 Reviews

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Pro: Ez access, 50e/w, several asphalt pull-thrus, on ridge (sky island) with views, sunsets and stars and the price is right. Take the walk thru lava fields or day-trip to Ruidoso/Almagordo.

Con: ridge is windy (all 4 days), but it keeps the knats away. Most sites take some real maneuvering to level-up. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 84
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects water/elec site and National Park senior pass. Sites are arranged along the park road with a nice turn around at the end of the road allowing you to check out all the sites easily before deciding on which site you want. All sites are fully paved, and as noted in a previous review several of the sites do require leveling, and we agree that site 15 is probably one of the best sites in the park. Very good Verizon and AT&T service. Very little over the air TV, but all sites are wide open for satellite service. Park hosts are on site, and water is treated municipal water from nearby Carrizozo. Each site has a covered picnic table also on a paved surface. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 47
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

nice campground with wonderful views. no sewer hookups and sites will require leveling. no reservations so arrive early. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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RLM

Review Count: 130
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

The CG has 50/30amp service with paved roads and sites. The sites are either back-in or crescent shaped pull thrus. At least one third of the sites have leveling issues. Site 15 if the best site in the CG. There is also a separate tent only area that is very nice. Amenities include covered picnic table, grill, picnic pavilion, and a very nice, clean bath house. The area is high mountain desert landscape with no threes for shade. That means Hot in August. VZW was good, but there is no WiFi. Fees are based on hook ups. Mine was FHU with stated discount. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The hardened Lava Flow next to the CG with a one mile walking trail.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Gnats! Gnats! Gnats! We almost pulled out before even setting up as the little critters were beyond awful. Then we struggled to set up in a very un-level campsite. Thankfully, the next campsite we tried was perfectly level, and the wind had started to blow so the gnats disappeared. The view from our campsite was just beautiful from the trailer, however we did not enjoy the covered picnic area because of the gnats. When the wind blew enough to keep the gnats away it was really too windy to sit outside. Yet, we had a marvelous time with a great day trip to the Three River Petroglyph Site, and a lovely slightly breezy evening hike on the remarkable nature trail across the lava bed. This is a really beautiful campground, although the electric and water are on the wrong side, necessitating extension cords. It's really a shame that a few of the campsites are such that it takes too many blocks to level up, at least more than we had on board! I would probably not go back this time of year due to the gnats. But I would stop at another time. I suspect that the leaky standpipes might be a case of too much pressure in the system. I was glad we had a pressure relief valve for our drinking water hose, as the standpipe leaked a great deal as others have mentioned. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

What a treat! Wide paved road through park for easy access to spacious paved sites that have 50 amp service, great water pressure and amazing views! $18 or $9 with America The Beautiful Senior Pass! Definitely walk the interpretive walk through lava beds. RV sites with covered tables are on raised area above lava flows and tent area is closer to lava flows. Park has visitor center with books and literature explaining this high desert area. 5,200 feet is elevation! We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Come prepared as town is four miles to east. Great location for Billy The Kid and Smokey the Bear experiences 30 miles east.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Return visit and pretty much had the place to ourselves and selected a nice spot near the visitor center. electric steady per my surge meter and water pressure good but, like my last visit, campground piping leaks like a sieve. Park employees indicated that this is a holdover from the days when this was a State Park. Campground crew had to turn all park water off and then all park electricity off but came around and told us each time as well as let us know when everything was OK. Great, short trails to the overlook and the Nature trail through the lave flow. Good spacing between sites as with most State and National campgrounds. Nice ramada over the picnic table and a rogue fire ring nearby. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Nature path through the lava field is very informative. 40's Diner in Carizzozo, 4 mi to the east is cute as well.

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LMH

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

A few of the pull through sites are less than level, but the back in site that we chose had no problems. The views are spectacular and the walking trail is a must to truly appreciate the area. Showers and rest rooms were immaculate, very convenient dump station, and water/electric hookups were convenient. A small bookstore was open with inconsistent hours, but a friendly, helpful staff. This is the best place around to stay while you check out the Smokey Bear museum, Lincoln, and the White Sands Monument. A public facility at its best. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Small grocery in Carrizozo.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a gem of a camp, just east of the lava field on a spit

of older rock. Beautiful walks in the field, and a high point in the camp with a 360 view.

Generously spaced, along one road. Quiet. Great stargazing!

Despite Web lies, the facility is nice, covered picnic tables, and hot

showers!

Rate reflects 50% senior discount.

Recommended! We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 275
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a 50% Federal Senior Pass discount. During our four days camping here there were only three or four other campers in the park, so it was very peaceful and quiet. The campground is very close to the road, but, at least at our site, there was no road noise. It is also wonderfully dark at night so that you have great views of the night sky. Our site had nice strong 50 amps and water to go along with great views of the lava field. Our site was level, but many of the sites are very unlevel. We had strong Verizon voice and 4G data. Satellite was not a problem since there are no trees. The short nature trail in the park is nice. There is not a lot to do in the immediate area, but it is great for relaxing. You will want to visit Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. We did not use them but the restrooms looked to be new and clean. There is a dump station that is convenient to use. There is a camp host but they were gone during most of our visit. We would certainly stay at this campground again. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Stock up before you arrive as there are only convenience stores in the immediate area.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

We were surprised by the quality of this facility and the scenery. We were able to call and contact a camp host to find out that there were sites available. The sites were paved, some more level than others, with lots of space between them. Large, clean restrooms with showers. Rate reflects Senior Pass 50% discount. We will stay here again when we pass this way. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This place was a happy find for us. All powered sites are paved, although not very level, and have a covered patio area. The views here are incredible and the paved nature trail through an ancient lava flow is wonderful; especially, first thing in the morning. It didn't hurt that we were here the night of the lunar eclipse and the cactus were in bloom - magical. There are lots of good places to walk a pet. Our rate reflects the senior federal discount. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall what a great little public park. We had one of the last spots available due to arriving around 8 PM on a Friday night! The trailer spot we had did not have any hookups. However, most of the sites in the park had water and electric hookups. Our spot was a bit loud due to a party at the tent sites close to us and some loud walkers. But the park was clean and spacious. We really enjoyed the various hikes we were able to due the next day. We would definitely stay here again! We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Really hard to contact anyone here. Would be nice to know if there is a site available before driving all the way here in my RV that gets 8 mpg. Not much to do here except the lava flow trail, which will kill about 8 minutes. After that you can go to Carizozo to see boarded up buildings and eat at the only restaurant still in business. Wifi password not posted anywhere, you will have to hunt down a camphost, and even then they are reluctant to give it out. After that, you'll discover the wi-fi doesn't work anyway. There are some 50 amp sites up front. Very unlevel although plenty long. The scenery is worth it. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice spot. Most RV sites have water and electric. Sites further into the camping area have a view of the lava field. Verizon works well. Camp host was friendly. Only negative was gnats which are a minor problem all summer. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.

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