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.
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.
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Come prepared as town is four miles to east. Great location for Billy The Kid and Smokey the Bear experiences 30 miles east.
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.
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Nature path through the lava field is very informative. 40's Diner in Carizzozo, 4 mi to the east is cute as well.
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $18.00
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.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $9.00
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.
Tips for other Campers:
Stock up before you arrive as there are only convenience stores in the immediate area.
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.
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.
Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $12.00
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.
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
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.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $18.00
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.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $9.00
This is a former state park, now a B.L.M. recreation area. We had a roomy pull-through site with a great view. Sites look recently paved. Although on a slight incline, they are level enough to not cause concern. There is a drop box for payments at the entrance, however the host seemed to keep an eye out for new arrivals, and headed down to the entrance in his golf cart to collect the fees and welcome campers. Showers and rest rooms were very clean. Sprint cell and internet service worked well. Although the park is off by itself, you can easily spend several days here, using it as a base for seeing the many attractions within an hours drive . We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.
Very interesting volcanic area with a small visitor center, some guided walking trails and clean, well maintained rest room/showers. All sites are paved with water and electric and most have stunning views of the lava flow. Unfortunately, that also means that the winds can really kick up so don't leave your awning out! Rate reflects America the Beautiful pass. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $9.00
This park is for those who enjoy quiet and unique desert scenery. Staff in the Visitor Center are friendly and information about the area is available. The restrooms and showers are spotless. There are shaded picnic tables and fire rings at each site. We went to nearby Carrizozo for wi-fi and cell phone service. Our rate was based on the National Park Senior Pass. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $18.00
Needed to find an overnight spot before darkness, and we stumbled across this recreation area. Payment is on an honor system. Super clean restrooms. No shade, but nice pull through sites with 360 degree views of the volcanic rock surrounding the site. We weren't there during daylight to read the information and do the walk out across the volcanic field, but from other reviewers this would be worth a look. We would stay there again. We camped at Valley of Fires Recreation Area (BLM) in a Motorhome.