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Fifth Day: Apache Junction to Valley of Fires

Pulled into the Valley of Fires BLM campground about 3.5 miles from Carrizozo NM around 6pm on Sunday, May 2. Paid for two nights. The campground was mostly empty so I had my pick of campsites. I chose #15, which has water, electricity and an awesome view of the valley. The fee is $18/night before the “America the Beautiful Senior” discount of 50%. Two nights for a total of $18 is pretty cheap. Here’s a view from directly above the van and trailer.

Drone view above campsite #15

The place was mostly quiet, except for the howling wind when I arrived. I measured the wind speed at a max of 28mph on the observation area just above my campsite (you can see the area at the top center in the photo above). The photo below shows much of the campground. You can see the observation trail in the center. I strolled the path early Monday morning. The only company was a chipmunk and a few small birds.

Drone view of the campground looking toward Highway 380.

Valley of Fires accommodates RV and tent camping. The area furthest from Highway 380 is reserved for tent camping.

Drone view of campground looking away from the highway.

The aerial video below give you a good counterclockwise sweep of the entire area.

360 degree sweep of Valley of Fires campground

That’s all for now folks!

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