Valley of Fire State Park


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Linda Hoernke on June 21, 2013

There is a place in Nevada where you can enjoy solitude, geologic history in the making, stories and evidence of ancient tribes inhabiting the area and animals that have occupied this desert park for thousands of years. Valley of Fire State Park is Nevadas oldest and largest state park. It was dedicated in 1935 and consists of more than 42,000 acres. The park became a National Natural Landmark in 1968 and has been added to Nevadas Historical Markers.

The Park acquired it's name from the red sandstone formations of 150 million years ago. Because of the faulting and folding of the land and the iron oxides in the sand, Valley of Fire became a park of dramatic proportions. At an elevation of 2000-2600 ft. you will also find limestone, shale and conglomerate rocks.

There are many hiking trails; some short and others longer. Remember this is the desert. You will need sunscreen, water, hat and good walking shoes or boots. I would also suggest an electolyte replacement if you plan to go during the summer months. Best time to visit is in the early morning or late afternoon hours when the shadows are long and the rocks set themselves on fire with the low light of the day. Spring & fall are the best time of the year to visit.

Common plants in the area are creosote bush, burro bush, and brittlebush, along with different types of cactus. In the spring the park is decorated with desert marigold, indigo bush, and desert mallow which add to the spectacular visions against the red rocks and blue sky. Most of the animals in Valley of Fire are nocturnal but you may still be able to enjoy sightings of coyote, lizards, snakes, jackrabbit and ground squirrel. If you are lucky you may come across a desert tortoise but remember they are protected by law and do not try to feed any of the animals.

There are campgrounds and picnic areas within the park. Campgrounds are on a first come-first serve basis and are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. Showers are also available and a dump station can accommodate RVs or motor homes. The park is open year round and they have an interpretive visitor center which is a must see with it's displays on the geology, ecology and history of the park. The visitor center is open from 8:30-4:30 and the park is open year round from dawn to dusk.

Directions

Travel north on I-15 from Las Vegas to Exit 75 and head east toward Valley of Fire & Lake Mead. The West Entrance Station to Valley of Fire is about 17 miles.

An alternative route and more scenic route from Vegas is to take I-15 north to Lake Mead Blvd. Turn right and go east to Lakeshore Road (NV-166). Turn right onto Northshore Drive (NV-167) and follow Northshore to the east entrance to Valley of Fire.

If you are traveling with a pet, they are welcome in the park but must be leashed.

Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton, Nevada 89040
Phone: 702-397-2088

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

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