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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  • Freaking. Amazing. If you are in the area, probably Vegas, do make the drive out. I rented a car for the day to see this place and Red Rock Canyon. Two days would have been better but I didn't have the time First let me say, I grew up in Florida. I've seen gorgeous beaches, farmland for miles, swamps and our humidity forests. Been all over the south and east coast, even the Appalachian mountains. I've seen volcanoes in other continents, island paradises and some of the most exotic locations you can think of. I had never set foot in a desert or a canyon or anything comparable to this. It took me a good 3 or 5 really long stops along the roads before I got it in my head that there is SO MUCH more to see. It was like I had landed on Mars and some little Star Wars sand people would be creeping out the holes in the rocks. The formations are ancient and colorful. I made it through about 80% of the park roads in about 2 hours, the sun was setting and we had to leave. If the temperatures weren't so insane, I would have been hiking up and down these rocks instead. It's amazingly colorful and picturesque with beautiful winding roads and some good Paleolithic history thrown in. It took a little over an hour to reach here from Vegas but I implore you set aside time to get here.
  • This place was absolutely a breathtaking experience. The winding roads, the different colored rocks, plenty of hiking trails, and plenty of great photo opportunities and nice people. The sloping land of the desert and cactus, it's all just amazing. There are designated camping areas, picnic areas, and there are hieroglyphics on some of the walls from the Indians from long ago. There is great fulfillment when you get to and end of a trail and look at the surrounding rocks and the view. It can get really windy sometimes so you might want to take a coat. But definitely not in the summer. Stay hydrated and cool, and they have their act together with bathrooms. There are plenty. Come take a look, you only live once. Come see this beauty while you can.
  • So gorgeous here... We did not have a full day to explore when we went, but I wish we had. Beautiful campgrounds, I would have loved to stayed at one of the two we saw. We saw 3 big horn sheep by the visitors center, lizards and chipmunk. Beautiful red rock and clay formations. Give yourself a full day or more to explore this beautiful park.
  • If you haven't been to Valley of Fire State Park, what are you waiting for? This place is incredible. It's small but what it doesn't have in size it makes up for in spectacular colors. The colors in the rock span the entire rainbow. It is unlike any landscape I've seen. Highly recommend a trip out. $10 entry fee and $10 to camp. Bathrooms at almost all parking lots. The Arch Rock campground is a great place to camp for the night.
  • Valley of Fire State Park is for anyone looking to do a quick outdoor sightseeing or picture taking of what nature has to offer. This valley is small but surely a fantastic place to visit. It contains different types of silica domes and rock formations with amazing colors. The hike trails are sandy so bring shoes and plenty of water. The fire wave formation is most definitely interesting to see.
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