The Carrizozo Malpais are one of the youngest volcanic features in the state of New Mexico. The Malpais, which are the 75 km-long black feature in the satellite image below, are basaltic lava flows, such as are being erupted today in Hawaii. For a high resolution version of the image, click here. State highway 380 traverses the Carrizozo Malpais, and this road provides good access to people who want to view, or visit the lava flows. The "Valley of Fires" Recreation Area is located on the Carrizozo Malpais.