Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas
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.
You'll find incredible red rock formations and ancient petroglyphs in this state park. Entrance fee is $5 per car and well worth it. There is an excellent visitors center nad everything is well marked. And it's only an hour from Las Vegas!
Be sure to wear good walking shoes, wear a hat and carry a bottle of water. The heat can catch up with you before you know it.
I will add my own pictures when I get home.
Only a 60 mile drive east from Las Vegas along the I15 to hwy 169 south will bring you to a wonderful desert getaway. We arrived late in the afternoon to see the unusual rock formations glow like fire. There were many short but sandy walking paths, and alot of shaded picnic tables. It looked like a great place to bring a bottle of wine and snacks to enjoy while watching the sun set.
Admission is $6/vehicle and the park is open from dawn til dusk, the visitor centre is open daily from 830am to 430pm.
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.
Take the I-15 north from Las Vegas about 55 miles to the Valley of Fire exit. Here you'll find the Moapa Band of Paiute Indian Reservation and the beautiful Valley Of Fire State Park--Which I'll write more about on my Overton, Nevada page. I just drove through, but there are camping facilities and many wonderous sights for those interested in unique landscapes and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs.
The hills are red sandstone formed by shifting sand dunes, from over 150 million years ago. Erosion caused by the winds and weather have created the unique landscape. It is especially impressive at sunrise or sunset when the red earth seems to burst into flame.
it's so peaceful and beautiful out here! we even saw a small wedding - the bride looked stunning against the red rocks. it was near sunset. I'd never seen anything quite like this, up close and personal. ed rocks, rainbow colored rocks, blue skies going on forever - and hardly any people!
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.
Go over to Valley of Fire if you can, just an hour or so away and it's incredible!!! There are so many breathtaking views. Red rock canyons and stone formations, not to mention Anasazi petroglyphs set against a perfect blue sky. Rent a car (we rented a jeep it was perfect!) and take the drive out, you'll be happy you did. if you don't want to rent a car, there are also bus tours that go there from Vegas.
I also have a page on this location if you'd like to see more pictures and more info.
It is a fun drive through Valley of the Fire State Park along its twisting, turning road. You will go right, left, up and down as you travel through this interesting rocky landscape.
Plan your visit for late afternoon to see the red rocks glow from the setting sun.
This beautiful state park is located about 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Las Vegas. To get there take highway I-15N and then the Valley of Fire exit. The name of the park comes from the red sandstone formations, which were formed over 150 million years ago from great shifting sand dunes. The landscape is simply spectacular. At different sites in the park you can see Indian petroglyphs (rock art) done by Anasazi Pueblo farmers, the ancient people who lived in this area. There are many hikes within the park, which brings me to another topic. We couldn't do any of the hikes, because we visited the park in August and it was incredibly hot. All we could think about was how to find the next shaded place. For this reason we decided not to go too far away from the car and we didn't do any hikes (well, we did only a short one, to see the Anasazi petroglyphs but that was all). I guess the best seasons for visiting Valley of Fire are spring and fall.
Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75. Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year
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.
The valley of Fire State Park is about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave desert. The current entrance fee is $6.00 per car and if you plan on camping, it's an additional $8.00.
The visitor center is open 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day and provides exhibits on the area's history.
From Las Vegas, take I-15 (NE) to SR-169 South (exit 93). the entrance is about 15 miles.
Here is an unusual place, with big red rock formations and mysterious Indian petroglyphs. These are mostly well-preserved, too. But their meaing remains unknown. Another feature is some petrified logs, proving that this was once a forest. There are some good hiking trails and a few campsites (all are first-come, first-serve).
If you're staying in Las Vegas, this is an excellent day trip. Traveling northeast on Interstate 15 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 miles to the park.