Valley of Fire State Park, Overton
Categories: Deserts, State Parks, Nature & Parks
Red sandstone rock formations more than 150 million years old lend the name to Valley of Fire State Park. Established in 1935, Nevada's oldest park spans nearly 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) and includes ample hiking and camping opportunities. You’ll have the chance to explore different geological formations, such as limestone and shale. Because the sandstone is so soft, you’ll see petroglyphs (rock art carved into the sandstone), dating as far back as 300 BCE created by the ancient Anasazi Pueblo people. The visitor center details the geologic and archaeological roots of the region. If you keep a sharp eye out, you may even spot the rare desert tortoise. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Valley of Fire State Park by using our Overton travel itinerary maker.
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this park is very beautiful. The colors and formations. It is also very hot and bright. Make sure you have water and sun screen. The hikes are fairly easy and short.
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Unbedingt hinfahren. Waren 4 Tage in Vegas und sind zu The Wave gewandert (sind 600 Meter) gesamt 1,2 km. Also nicht der Rede wert. Aber es lohnt sich ich bin ein Wandermuffel und sogar mir hat es Spa... read more »Be sure to go. Were 4 days in Vegas and are the wave moved (600 meters are) 1.2 km in total. So not worth talking about. But it's worth I'm a walking ring and it was fun to even me.show original
Having lived in Las Vegas for over 50 years AND loving the out-of-doors the Valley of Fire State Park is absolutely at the top of our list to show visitors AND our 'go to' spot for a day away!!! Here'... read more »
This wonderful place was one that should not be missed. Even though it was 118 degrees out, it was well worth the trip. If you are in Vegas or passing into Utah, this is a great stop off. The scenery is a mixture of shapes and colors that will dazzle your eyes and change your comprehension of the desert. Stunning!
Larry E. Marrs
The Valley of Fire State Park in Neveda is a must see destination for travellers visiting in and around Las Vegas!!! Beautiful...colorful rock formations and mountainous landscapes. You'll think you are on another planet, due to its isolation from the modern world. Only 11 miles off of the highway, after about an hours drive north of Las Vegas. Don't miss it... 😊 It's Fantastic! LEM
I visited Valley of Fire while I was in Las Vegas for a conference. It made for a perfect day trip. The rangers were exceptional; very informative and helpful. The views were absolutely breathtaking. There are plenty of short (~1 mi.) hiking trails, as well as the roads leading through the park, making for easy hops from one trail to the next. There were also plenty of places to rest and just absorb the scenery. The park is very open and non-restrictive allowing for exceptional photo ops and long, wandering hikes to nearly any place you can get a foothold. I visited during the early spring, so there was not a lot blooming vegetation, but the flowers that were in bloom were lovely. There was also plenty of wildlife. Not only was the geography beautiful, but there are plenty of historic stops and trails. My only regret was not getting to the park sooner so I could explore it in it's entirety. I would absolutely recommend this park for a day trip (or a weekend, since there are camping accommodations too!) and I hope to visit again to explore the trails I was unable to see.
This park has an incredible wow factor. It has something for everyone. Short hikes, interpretive talks, long hikes, camping, rock scrambling, etc. I went on a short hike at the eastern end of the park to see Elephant Rock. Essentially a short hike up the side of a hill next to the road. Well worth the short walk in order to get amazing shots. My visit was rather short cause I was on my way up to Zion by way of Los Angeles so I drove around most of the park to get a good feel for the park. I would definitely come back to give it a proper exploration on foot next time. From a 0-4 scenic shots rating I would give this place 🏞🏞🏞🏞
Nice side trip if you are on I-15 going or coming from the north (AZ. UT) and Las Vegas. Very scenic drive of maybe 10-15 miles +- inside the park. Many hikes available with good trail head parking areas. Decent visitors center with rest rooms and background displays on the history and nature of the park. Some camping which must be reserved ahead. Entry fee may be charged depending on time of year and time of day. Scenic drive closes at sunset.
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