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Near Carrizozo in Lincoln County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Malpais

Valley of Fires

 
 
Malpais Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, November 23, 2010
1. Malpais Marker
Inscription. Spanish explorers called this extensive lava flow malpais, or badlands. The river of lava that flowed down this "Valley of Fires" erupted from a volcano some 7 miles north of here about 1000 years ago. Extending through the valley for 44 miles, the malpais averages 3 miles in width. This ropy type of lava is called "pahoehoe."
 
Location. 33° 39.563′ N, 105° 53.415′ W. Marker is near Carrizozo, New Mexico, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 380 at milepost 64, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 54, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carrizozo NM 88301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carrizozo (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Carrizozo (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Carrizozo (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Carrizozo (approx. 1.9 miles away); Susan McSween Barber “Cattle Queen of New Mexico” 1845-1931 (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Malpais Marker and lava flow in distance. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, November 23, 2010
2. Malpais Marker and lava flow in distance.
Malpais Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 24, 2011
3. Malpais Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on August 9, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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