Valley of Fire State Park

Trip taken August 2020

The Valley of Fire is a brilliant, colorful spot located in Nevada, just one hour from Las Vegas. Filled with panoramic vistas, hiking trails, petroglyphs, and stunning red and pink rock formations, the Valley of Fire makes an excellent day trip from Vegas. Warning: We ventured into this paradise in August and temperatures reached around 110. Everyone states it is a dry heat but I will tell you it is very uncomfortable ? so we canceled most of our planned hikes and just drove through. Pro-tip plan your arrival times with temperatures that will match your activity level. You are in the desert ?


Crossing the desert is almost as enjoyable as reaching the destination

What does it cost to visit? An entrance fee is charged per vehicle at $5 upon entering Valley of Fire State Park. This fee is collected at the fee booth or at self-pay stations. Camping: Additional fees are charged for the use of camping areas and are payable at the campgrounds.

A photo sign is erected at one of the entrances/exit to create your own postcard

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Why is it called Valley of Fire ?? In the 1920s the name was coined by an AAA official traveling through the park at sunset. This person purportedly said that the entire valley looked like it was on fire; hence the name.

The beauty of the Red Rocks ? will dazzle you almost ? like the Vegas strip

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Driving through the Valley of Fire is the easiest way to enjoy the view. Pink, red, and orange sandstone rocks create amazing vistas that you can see from your car. The main road, Mouse’s Tank Road, curves its way through these rocky formations, creating beautiful views.

Fill up with water – it gonna be a hot one

World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years.

“If you find a path with no obstacles then it probably leads nowhere” Frank Clark

A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. We highly encourage a stop ? within the Vistor Center. Pro-tip – very cool exhibits and the A/C is worth a recharge.

Magic of the desert can best be seen in the shadows

The park is open year round and the sunrise and sunset in the desert ? will have you wanting to stay longer.

Parking lot of visitor center

I love the desert and it’s incomparable sense of space – Robyn Davidson

We were hoping to see herds of mountain goats ? but the hot ? had them taking shelter

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We highly recommend driving through this state park. If the weather is agreeable then hike some of the many trails offered. One can spend a couple hundred in Vegas or leave with a couple hundred memories from the Valley of Fire State Park.

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Robin love ? to cook ?‍? and her favorite accoutrement is this fish spatula from Amazon also check out her recipes within the webpage. All tried and delicious ? while on the road.

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Traveling across the country is challenging enough to not have to worry about ones drinking water. We carry with us the Berkey water filtration system which we consider one of the best on the market


Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The cost is $80. If you plan on being in any of the National parks more than three times you will save money. The pass will also allow you access to the National Monuments and sometimes discounts in the National Forest ?. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility we can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. 


Quick link to Valley of Fire Website


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