Valley of Fires National Recreation Area

A short distance from Alamogordo, about 65 miles north, our traveling home stops at Valley of the Fires National Recreation Area to take in the sight of a 5,000 year old lava flow.  Valley of Fires offers a broadwalk style nature trail through the vast molten lava, along with a phenomenal campground that overlooks the lava flow.  Camping in this recreation area is a  treat of solitude, intriguing geology, and stunning sunsets.   

Rosie at Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Rosie at Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Sunset, Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Sunset, Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View from Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View from Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View from Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View from Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View of Campground, Valley of Fires National Rec Area
View of Campground, Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Valley of Fires National Rec Area
Old Car Love, Carrizozo, NM
Old Car Love, Carrizozo, NM
Old Car Love, Carrizozo, NM
Old Car Love, Carrizozo, NM
Art Wall By Rick Geary, Carrizozo, NM
Art Wall By Rick Geary, Carrizozo, NM
Art Wall, Carrizozo, NM
Art Wall, Carrizozo, NM

White Sands National Monument

Andrew, Ame and I took a late afternoon excursion to White Sands National Monument.  This geographical desert oddity is home to vast dunes of white sand or gypsum.  Hearing the pure white sand can be blinding or an eyesore in direct daylight, we opt to wait until the late afternoon, when the sun begins to set, to visit the park.  It is quite magical place to play in the sand with our excited pup, while watching the sunset in the distance mountains.

Andrew and Ame, White Sands National Monument
Andrew and Ame, White Sands National Monument
Andrew and Ame, White Sands National Monument
Andrew and Ame, White Sands National Monument
Andrew & Ame, White Sands National Monument
Andrew & Ame, White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument

Oliver Lee Memorial Park

Since we’ve been having such good luck with New Mexico’s state parks, Andrew and I picked  Oliver Lee Memorial State Park as our next stop.  While Oliver Lee is conveniently located near the town of Alamogordo and White Sands National Monument, it is also a great spot for taking in valley views and hikes around scenic Dog Canyon. 

Dog Canyon, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Me on the Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Me on the Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Frenchy's Cabin, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Frenchy’s Cabin, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Sunset View, Oliver Lee Memorial Park
Sunset View, Oliver Lee Memorial Park
Bunny Foo Foo Hopping through the Desert, Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Bunny Hopping through the Desert, Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
View of Campground, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
View of Campground, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
Dog Canyon Trail, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park