I finally decided on going to the Valley of the Fires recreation area New Mexico. It was only a couple of hours away, and not only is it heading in the direction I need to go but it is also going to allow me to go around Albuquerque without having to deal with Albuquerque traffic.
Valley of the fires recreation area really is out in the middle of nowhere, I don't think the Hubble Telescope could spot this place. If you had to pick a place for a volcano to erupt and no one would even notice, this would be the spot.
I thought it was going to be more picturesque than it actually is. The lava has so much green stuff growing on it that it doesn't look as black and shiny as I thought it was going to be.
There's a walking trail that winds its way through the lava field but the lava doesn't look much different there than it does from my campsite.
Other than not being spectacular, it's still a nice place to stay. It's a federal recreation area so they accept the federal geezer pass, which makes it six dollars to dry camp, which is half of the normal price. There is water available to fill up your tank if you need it, and there is a dumpsite in the campground which is free for campers. So all in all that's pretty inexpensive camping.