After warming up, we headed to Valley of Fires National Recreation Area. The Valley of Fires is a lava bed about 44 miles long and a couple of miles wide is covered by lava from a series of volcanic eruptions or fissures in the ground. This happened about 1500 to 2000 years ago, making it a relatively recent event.
The visitor center and associated campgrounds and such are on an island of ground that the lava flowed around.
We took the Nature Trail around the lava field.