What to buy:
While visiting the gift shop in the visitor center, I found a fold out map and also a book. The map is "Franko Maps Valley of Fire State Park Adventure Guide." The book is "Valley of Fire map and trail guide" put out by the state park service. Sold separately, the offers a bit more description of the park but the Franko Map was better for the trails.
What to pay: The book cost $5.00 and the map was $11.00. I thought it was a good investment.
Among all the T-shirts and souvenirs, there was a woman who had set up a table with her own beautiful pottery. I always support local artists so I bought a few pieces, a much better souvenir than a keychain!
This is also an information center that houses exhibits about the area.
You'll find a small assortment of items in the gift shop from books and postcards to film and souvenirs. There was a small art exhibit when I was there.