The huge earth formations are awesome, but also look out for the smaller offerings of the Valley of Fire. Here is Petrified Wood protected by a chain-link fence with a warning not to touch. While out in the desert it seems that there is little life of any kind, but a closer look will show that the desert is teeming with fauna and flora that is at...more
The Lost City of Overton Museum of Archaeology was small, but interesting. There were many samples of the artifacts found at the "dig" with explanations of the life the Anasazi and other ancient people lived. The original wing of the museum opened in 1935 and was filled with wonderful Anasazi artifacts. The new wing, featuring early man displays,...more
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the first designated Conservation Area in Nevada. You'll a fantastic example of the earth's movements over the last two or three thousand years. Here you can drive though, hike the trails, climb the rocks, ride horses or mountain bikes, picnic or just observe nature. There is Visitor's Center and a book...more
The tables are placed in a covered area as protection from the beating rays of the sun. We brought with us items for a nice picnic lunch and enjoyed the respite fromt the direct rays of the sun.Update:There is a new cafe at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza so you can opt for that too. I haven't eaten here as it was built after my last visit. Bread,...more
We went to Carley's on a recommendation and were very pleased. I think we were there in January 2006 and the place was crowded. After moving from NJ to Utah we took a big hit as far as good restaraunts are concerned. It was a pleasure finding this gem.My only let down was that the pizza oven was broken. This is not an Italian restaraunt so maybe I...more
Forget the pests, get dressed up and take in a show at one of the Casinos, gamble a little or enjoy one of the many Buffets in Las Vegas!I am not much of a camper and I would go as far as getting a hotel in Vegas for the night and enjoy the luxury of a real shower. Even if you are a die-hard camper, taking a break from the heat, dirt and back...more
Camping in the desert comes with some interesting night life. Bright stars in the heavens, and unusual creatures on the ground. Sometimes they can be dangerous--scorpions and sometimes cute--groundhogs, but mostly they are a nuisance. There are precautions you can take to avoid the creepy crawlers in your bed.more
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This is the perfect time to rent that convertible you always wanted. The drive from Vegas is beautiful and the air fresh and clean. It might be a little warm in Summer but the car has air conditioning, right?I've been here three times in 6 months and can't tell you how many motorcycles we see! If you've got a license renting one of those might be...more
%The Lost City of Overton Museum has a small gift store that offers replicas of the Petroglyphs as well as local/American Indian hand-crafts and jewlery. Some of the stuff is the typical tourist items, but also some interesting replicas.They actually have an On-Line Store. Take a look at their inventory to see what might interest you.more
When I was here there was a small general store. Actually it was more of a pre-fab trailer and looked more like a warehouse than a store. It was operated by the Moap band of Paiutes, who were very nice and friendly.Well, since that time they have added a few other things, gas, food even a casino. So this is now a real convenience stop. I'd fill up...more
Much of this land is on the Indian Reservation and some of it is considered sacred land. Respect the land and leave it as it was when you arrived. The rest of the area is a State Park and there are many rules here too.
At the Lost City of Overton Museum questions can be answered and there are many displays of artifacts that were rescued from the area, especially during the time that Hoover Dam was being built before the water came in and flooded the valley.
There are many types of cactus, some produce beautiful flowers in the spring time and are lovely to see. Be careful, stand far from the plant--unless you are an expert. Some cactus have "jumping" thorns, and even if you don't touch the plant you can be sprayed if you wander too near. These thorns are very difficult to remove!
This is a desert and what makes it a desert is the lack of water. We need water to survive and our cars need water to run properly without blowing-up the engine. Amongst your camping gear, be sure to have plenty of water for both you and your car.
Luggage and bags:
Air and Water tight luggage/bags is a must. Especially to keep out the creepy crawlers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light weight clothing for hot summer days. Long pants and heavy boots for hiking--in case you meet snakes and scorpions. Heavy clothes for the cold nights and a waterproof poncho could be useful.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Yes, bring those too.
Photo Equipment: The Usual
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The Usual
Miscellaneous: Bring plenty of water! For you and your car.
What do I need to say about this city? Almost everyone has been there or has at least heard of it. I just think that Las Vegas makes a wonderfully exciting day trip from your camping base. There are many things to see and do. In my opinion the most alluring aspect of making day trips to Vegas is the Air Conditioned Casinos and especially the...more
We drove through the Valley of Fire on our way to the Lost City of Overton. We only stopped at the general store at the Maop Paiute Reservation and then just followed the road. At one point we stopped in a small dirt parking lot to eat our lunch at a picnic table and they hiked into the hills to find the Petroglyphs. The ancient petroglyphs are not...more
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Hiking. There are lots of hills to explore, landscape, flora and fauna to photograph and probably things going on at the camp ground. What can I say? I'm not sports oriented and didn't check about this.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is another area worth checkiing out. It is actually more popular than The Valley of Fire which I liked more. The landscape is much the same and they too have campgrounds. So, you might stay at each and compare.Okay I am using the term, "In the area" quite loosely. Red Rock is west of Las Vegas and the...more
We entered the Valley of Fire through the Moapa Paiute Band of the Moapa Indian Reservation. First we came upon a little "general store" run by the Indians where we could buy tax free items.Update:Since my last visit they have expanded the "general store" and they've created the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza with a convenience store, a gas station, a...more
After driving through the Maopa Paiute Resrvation and the Valley of Fire you'll come to the Lost City in Overton. The main thing to see here is the Lost City Museum. This sign is in the Lost City Museum and explains that the Petroglyphs have been painted over to better define them.more