Marvel at Fiery Landscapes in Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Clément Bardot
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Nevada is home to some stunning landscapes that makes it a beautiful desert oasis, but one state park stands out amongst them all. Just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is a popular attraction for visitors. The bright crimson rock formations have earned the park its title of resembling fire.

About

Valley of Fire State Park is home to over 46,000 acres of Nevada desert. Geologists have credited these rock formations to date back to the Jurassic Period. These beautiful formations are a combination of grey and tan limestone with flamboyant Aztec Sandstone scattered about. It is also the location of the region’s oldest and largest collection of Aztec Sandstone.

There are signs that Native Americans once walked these very grounds as Puebloan inhabitants and are known to have been on site with the visibility of petroglyphs. This artwork shows that people were here around 2,500 years ago and some history dates back to even 11,000 years ago.

In the 1860s, Mormon settlers came to St. Thomas to start establishing a community in the Moapa Valley. Their settlement involved farming, mining and even ranching along the river.  

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada | Photo Credit: Flickr – Ken Lund

Things to Do

Hiking

If you want to explore the beautiful scenery that composes this state park, hiking is one of the best ways to do it. However, the hot summer days do make the hikes more challenging and even dangerous. Be sure to drink plenty of water on your adventure. Trail hikes within the state park range from 0.1 miles to nearly 7 miles. The surface of these trails also varies from sand to stone to solid rock. The state park provides a map of the hiking trails.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center within the state park shows history on the park, its formations, and even offers information on the surrounding ecology. Within the Visitors Center is also a gift shop that allows visitors to find the perfect souvenir to commemorate their trip.

Camping

Within Valley of Fire State Park, there are 72 campsites spread across two campgrounds. Each campsite can be reserved. Hookups are available for RV sites. There are group camping sites as well.

Plan Your Visit

Valley of Fire State Park is open daily and there is an admission fee that varies depending on if you are a Nevada resident or not.

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