Las Vegas indeed is one of the few states that would surprise with several tricks up its sleeves. Aside from its museums ranging from the historic to quirky ones, Vegas would surprise you with its astonishing natural landscape, and Valley of Fire is one of them. This state park would prove to you that Vegas has many secrets that can unfold and change your perspective.
About Valley of Fire
Nestled about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is a state park filled with hiking trails, vistas, petroglyphs, and multiple rock formations in astonishing red and pink hues.
Do you want to know why people call it the Valley of Fire?
The pink and red rock formations are Aztec sandstones that when the rays of sun hit them, it is as if they are on fire.
Due to its great feature, several Hollywood films took place here, including Star Trek Generations, Total Recall, and Viva Las Vegas.
7 Things To Do While in Valley of Fire
A typical visit to the state park can only last for about two hours. However, if you are to explore it in all its grandeur, it would be best to take the whole day off. Here are some of the things that you can do while in Valley of Fire:
1. Appreciate the Natural Landscapes
The hustle and bustle of our daily lives can force us to forget about the natural beauty surrounding us and how lucky we are to become witness to such grandiosity. Visiting Valley of Fire can give you a pause to take a breath and let go of all your anxiety and appreciate its majestic sandstone landscapes. Take the Mouse’s Tank Road, and you could drive your way around these formations. Don’t’ forget to check out the Elephant Rock at the east entrance and the beehive-looking sandstones. If you want, you can climb this dome and enjoy the expansive views of the park.
2. Hike to Mouse Tank
If you are up for a short and quick hike, then Mouse Tank is the perfect spot. The round trip trek is only less than a mile but gives you access to a natural rock basin that holds rainwater. While on your hike, don’t miss out on checking the petroglyphs that adorn the rocks.
3. Trek the Rainbow Vista
If the Mouse Tank is a bit unexciting for you, then Rainbow Vista would be the best choice for you. This one-mile hike gives you a panoramic view of the entire Valley of Fire.
4. Discover the Pink Canyon
Perhaps the best-kept secret of the Valley of Fire state park is the Pink Canyon or Pastel Canyon. This area occupies an unmarked spot and is one of the most underrated places in the park. Believe us when we say it is the best spot in Valley of Fire. Its GPS coordinates are: 36°28’47” N 114°31’36” W (Don’t say you got it from us!)
5. Take Photos at the Fire Wave
If you want to put your photography skills to the test, then we suggest you head on to Fire Wave and take incredible photos of white and red zebra print sandstone formations.
6. Conquer the White Domes
For those who are looking for a more challenging hike, try White Dome’s 1.25-mile loop hike. Don’t be fooled, though, as this trek is excellent for kids who want to climb over boulders and conquer narrow canyons.
7. Join the Annual Atlatl Competition
The park hosts the Annual Atlatl Competition, and if you are among those who have explored the state park, it would be best to put your knowledge to the test by creating replicas of ancient spears. Let your imagination run wild and show your creativity.
Know Before You Go
- The Valley of Fire state park is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Entrance to the park costs $10 per vehicle.
- Camping costs $20 per night.
- RV camping is allowed. The park has RV power and water hookups available.
- The campsite comes with shaded tables, grills, and ample water supply.
- The park has WiFi connectivity available. Check out their pricing here.
- Wear proper gear if you plan to hike.
- Let kids wear protective clothing and sunscreen if you plan to hike on a summer.
For more information about the Valley of Fire state park, please visit their website: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire.