Otero: Valley of Fires recreation area

Four miles west of the Town of Carrizozo on US 380, Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted covering 125 square miles of the Tularosa Basin with molten rock up to 160 feet thick. From a distance, Valley of Fires appears as barren rock but when you walk along the nature trail there are many varieties of flowers, cactus, trees and bushes typical of the Chihuahuan desert. Animals include bats, roadrunners, quail, cottontails, mule deer, barberry sheep, and lizards.

Meet at 8:30 AM at the Y in Tularosa (Intersection of Highways 54 and 70).

For workshop and field trip information, contact Elva Osterreich, echoofthedesert [at] gmail.com, 575/443-4408, or Jennifer Gru- ger, jengruger [at] gmail.com, 505/710-2924.