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Valley of Fire State Park, Overton

(4.8/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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 is a must see when you visit the Las Vegas area! Beautiful views, amazing rock formations, petrified logs and petroglyphs. My only regret is not allowing more time to explore this park. 
  • Incredibly awesome! We are avid nature lovers and this was a perfect day spent off the Las Vegas Strip. Make sure you have a tank full of gas before you start your adventure and plenty of time to appr...  more »
  • Was in Las Vegas visiting family and friends and wanted to do something different this time. So we switched out our dancing shoes and put on some hiking boots. We headed out to the state park which is...  more »
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  • 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 🏞🏞🏞🏞
  • If you are into Red Rocks this is the place! Lots of interesting hiking in this state park, a really really beautiful place to visit. We would love to come back here and camp and spend a few days exploring the state park.
  • Get there Thursday by friday morning the tent camping was full. We saw lots of big horn sheep. There is cell service in spots. The rangers were very nice. Nice showers even free with a real handle.
  • If you're a hiker, this is the place for you. One of the most memorable experiences of my life was climbing the BIG rock. I can't thank my Guardian Angel enough for getting me back down in one piece.
  • An absolutely stunning place. My wife and I "discovered" Valley of Fire a couple of years ago and we've been four times now. It ranks with Zion, Arches and similar locations in Utah, in my opinion. To enjoy the park at its best you will need to get out of your vehicle and walk, but the distances are very short - unless you follow one of the trails. That said in mid summer the temperature can be up to 120 F so don't go short on water. Even the half mile from the car park to the Fire Wave can be debilitating. Fantastic views, though. The White Domes Trail is a wonder! All shades of red to pink rocks. Can't wait to get back there. Take water and a camera. Prospect Trail is fabulous and the rock colours vary dramatically. It is of about 9 miles in length and some clambering over/up/down rocks is necessary - nothing too serious. Bear in mind that the trail is not circular so you will need to arrange transport back to your start point or walk the nine miles again, back to the start. Well worth doing this hike but take a decent map and/or GPS plus camera and lots of water.