A visit to Valley of Fire State Park is a great way to get away from the bustle of the Strip and back to nature. A short drive north of Las Vegas, this small park has some great formations, indian petroglyphs and petrified rocks. Kids will love it!
This has its own VT page, so look for more of my pictures in a travelogue there. Meantime, let me say here: this is, hands down, one of the most breathtaking, jaw-dropping, awesome places I have ever been. Neither words nor photos can do it justice; I took my husband back there, after I'd already been the day before, because I simply couldn't share the experience with him any other way than literally to be there with him. The park is about an hour's drive from Vegas, very much in the middle of nowhere. But it's a very scenic nowhere, and the park itself is most definitely somewhere.
We took this route to get to the Valley of Fire and it was well-worth getting lost. (We got lost because of my incompetence, not because it's easy to get lost!) We saw the most incredible rocks, mountains, plants, and very few people/cars. It was great!!
Take the roundabout way to the Valley of Fire. The drive is lovely, and while you pay to go through the area, it's worth the scenery and solitude. Driving the Northern Scenic Route is a treat because you pass few cars and get to see the mountains without power-lines and houses in the way. There are lots of places to stop off and take photos, or just relax. It's an easy drive, and you can't really get lost. Morning of late afternoon is prettiest.
about an hour from las vegas is this beautiful part of nevada so red and amazing!!!! there is a lot to do out here, they have a hike that follows the trail a rebel outlaw indian "mouse" took to avoid capture..you will see his petroglyphs all over the hike..the area is refered as mouse's tank. it's an easy hike that's great for all ages. just remember to bring water and even more water.
VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK
Nevada's oldest State Park. It is located north east of Las Vegas.Only 50 mile
northeast of Las Vegas.The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million
years old. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays.
Entrence Fee:$5 per vehicle per day,$35 for annual pass.
Camping Fees: 12 per night per vehicle.
Traveling northwest on Interstate 25 from Las Vegas, take Nevada Route 169 at Crystal south to the park.
Traveling southwest on I-15 turn south on Route 169 Exit 93 near Glendale, and travel southeast 15 mile to the park
There is no lodging in the park. Many hotels and motels are located along I-15 south toward Las Vegas.
Spring and fall are the preferred season for visiting the Valley of Fire.Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and may reach 120 degrees.
There´s a beautiful but rather hot place a little north of Las Vegas: The Valley of Fire. Not many people find their way here, but it´s worth a visit. You´ll see strange rock formations, fantastic colours and even find petrified trees. Make sure to bring enough water - and a BIG hat!
A great place to get away from the strip is the Valley of Fire State Park. It is located about 50 miles northeast of downtown Las Vegas. See my Overton, NV webpage for more information.
Formed from shifting sand dunes millions of years ago, the Valley of Fire is one place I'd recommend EVERYONE to go see! Experience it... Feel it (the sands, I mean).... This stark area full of brush and desert wildlife will spellbind you for sure.
Note: For more details, please check out my NEVADA travel page.
I can't leave without showing you an example!
It's not just grafitti -- it tells you what's gone on in the area -- there's no water here, we went hunting, etc. They are simply lovely.
There are several sites with these caged-in Petrified Logs. Are we being protected from them, or are they being protected from us?