Valley of Fire State Park

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by MCJ graduate on May 5, 2005

If you have to choose one attraction outside of Las Vegas because of time limitations, select the Valley of Fire State Park. It is a magnificent natural wonder. It is about 6 miles from Lake Mead and about 1 hour from Vegas via Interstate 15 and off exit 75.

This park is Nevada's oldest and largest one. It received its name from the red sandstone formations and the beauty of the Mojave Desert. According to history, the red sandstone formations were formed by the great shifting sand dunes around the time of the age of dinosaurs 150 million years ago. And it was this shifting and huge erosion that made this current landscape.

Here, you can hike/walk and see areas of ancient trees (petrified ones) and petroglyphs done by early man. In addition, you can camp and/or take pictures and maybe view the animals (coyote, kit fox, jackrabbit, etc.) and reptiles like snakes. We saw a variety of rock formations, such as the beehives. And we viewed the petroglyphs. I also got a chance to see a large lizard sunning himself on a rock formation. In addition, the park has a full-scale visitor center and offers several group areas. Last, Valley of Fire is open year-round. Because of all the aforementioned, I highly recommend this attraction for everyone, especially families.

Valley of Fire State Park
P.O. Box 515
Overton, Nevada, 89040
(702) 397-2088

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