The Valley of Fires Recreation Area is an interesting diversion along a route which passes much barren scenery of grassy prairie, stark mountains and sandy desert. The Valley has 127 square miles of buckled, twisted lava, part of an extensive flow up to 50 metres thick and over 45 miles long that originated from several volcanoes, including one vent now known as Little Black Peak. The lava is called the Malpais (Spanish for ‘badlands’), a name also given to several other flows in New Mexico.

We got here late at night and setup camp. It was great to wake up in the morning and realize we were on an island in the middle of an ancient lavaflow.

The video below was an experiment I was trying to see if I could attach the camera to the exterior of the car and film.

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