Valley of Fire State Park, Overton

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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. Take a look at our Overton trip website to schedule your visit to Valley of Fire State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This was the most surreal experience ever, words cannot describe the spectacular iron oxide formations over millions of years and petroglyphs. Whether in Las Vegas for a party or conference, or a visi...  more »
  • We left Vegas around 8 am to travel here in June. We packed a cooler with ice and water as we read in other reviews there aren't many places to stop on the way. Arrived around 9:30 am and stopped at t...  more »
  • Even though we chose probably the worst time to visit (mid-day, in summer), I would recommend it. This park is accessible by many look outs and short hikes. I want to return when it's a 2-digit temper...  more »
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  • Valley of Fire is incredible beautiful. Even on extremely hot day is worth visiting. There is plenty to see from the car and still enjoy the beauty of it. The visitor center has some interesting g exhibit on animals and it is very interactive. The junior ranger program is great way for kids to learn some interesting facts and become a Junior Ranger. We enjoyed the colors of the nature around. Very pleased with the visit.
  • Take a break from Vegas and drive an hour north to Valley of Fire... You won't be disappointed. Drive through an unbelievable red rock maze. A number of hikes to do. There's also a wave formation of striated rock in the shape of a huge wave with red and white colors popping through. Take water! It is very dry and you will need plenty. Best times to go are in the spring, fall and winter months.
  • A short drive from Vegas and it was one of the coolest places my wife and I have ever been. We thought we were cool in a Mustang convertible until we were passed by a bunch of Ferraris and Lamborghini's. Do yourself a favor and rent a convertible (if you are renting a car). Driving through the park, you feel like you are on a different planet. It's just incredible. I suggest giving yourself plenty of time and parking at a few different spots to get out and walk around. I was amazed at how windy some areas can get, even on a hot summer day. Breathtaking.
  • This is a fun side trip to a neat Park full of whole lot of fairly interesting very red rock formations. We enjoyed it quite a bit considering how little time it took off our route. Do take the side road to the left and see what's back in there. Do stop a lot and get out and wander if you can Do take the dirt Loop Road. It goes past some of the neatest formations and it's where we saw all the wild life. It's dirt a bit bumpy but not at all dangerous or scary. Drive slow keep the dust down and enjoy the scenery. The best was on the loop! Sunset supposedly the best time to see it as the sunset makes the Red Rocks even more red. There's a toll booth in each end wanting money or Park pass so be aware. There is no passing through the park without paying money or having a pass. The only reason we gave it a 3 rating was because of all the Magnificent other parks nearby that make for hard comparisons
  • I'd say better than the Grand Canyon because it is more interactive. You can hike and explore. You never knew the desert could be so beautiful with color! Try to go in winter though unless you can handle the heat! Very reasonably priced at $10 a car for a day trip. Can camp as well. So worth the trip!!!
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