Valley of Fire State Park – Put It On Your List!

Red rock formations in Arizona

Valley of Fire State Park –

was our destination as we drove northeast from Lake Mead in Nevada. We had heard great things about the place from a friend.

While driving, we suddenly saw a few sandstone hills like these, in the middle of nowhere. 

Red rock formations in Arizona

After a few miles, we saw more of those big rocks and a sign of some sort, a little vague on what it meant other than ‘turn here’. We did, thinking maybe this was our destination – Valley of Fire State Park. 

Nope, it was just a rest stop of sorts. There were a couple of hiking trails and paths around these huge rocks. Ah, the fascination was starting.

Red rock formations in Arizona

As you can tell, we got out and walked around. What a place! The formations and colors were gloriously stunning. I think we both thought the same thing; if this is what the rest stop is like, what must the actual park be like – we’re going to love it.

Red rock formations in Arizona

In a lot of places, these rock piles are smooth to the touch.

Red rock formations in Arizona

Yes, this whole post is comprised of photographs of orange rocks!

Red rock formations in Arizona

May we remind you this wasn’t a State Park, a National Park or anything – just a roadside rest area with a trail – in the middle of absolutely nowhere!

Red rock formations in Arizona

Just one more from this area. Magnificent, right!

Red rock formations in Arizona

After about 20 minutes, we realized we’d better get back in the car and find our actual destination before it got too late. I think it was almost an hour before we found this sign.

Nevada Scenic Byway sign

At Last, We Found It!

We paid an entry fee, maybe $10 and absolutely worth it. The main road went west and we followed it since we had no idea which way to go or where to stop.

Valley of Fire State Park

As we drove, we noticed a few smaller roads going off into the hills surrounding the valley. We also found out there are two campgrounds in the park, which we didn’t check out since we’d be spending the night in Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire State Park

The Seven Sisters

Our first stop was called the Seven Sisters. Out of the car and into the hills we went with camera in hand. The photo below is only one of the sisters.

Valley of Fire State Park

They were huge, impressive, and enticing!

Valley of Fire State Park

I love these formations with intricate holes, tunnels, and caves, what fun.

Valley of Fire State Park

Look at the face up there!

Valley of Fire State Park

The video gives a good sense of the area – check it out.

 

Are you putting this place on your bucket list yet – Valley of Fire State Park!

Valley of Fire State Park

We saw a limo in this parking area, then a small wedding party. Apparently, they do weddings here – you can too if you’ve got something like that in mind.

Valley of Fire State Park

Our Next Stop

We got back in the car and turned off the main road onto Mouse’s Tank Road. What a name, right? Do you know what a Mouse’s Tank is? A natural depression that fills with rainwater; I just learned that.

Valley of Fire State Park

Everywhere you look it’s the same hue! Real Red we came to call it. But only in the park. Beyond the valley, things look the same as they do for miles around: beige, brown, white and gray.

Valley of Fire State Park

That formation just sat by itself by the side of the road.

Valley of Fire State Park

Along the main road, there had been wide-open space between us and the hills. On this road, it was different – barely room to park between the road and the hills: 15 feet tops.

Valley of Fire State Park

Rainbow Vista Trail

We found a small parking lot and took a walk in the area; this was more of a small canyon. We chose to take it as it was called the Rainbow Vista Trail. We should probably share that there were a fair number of other people here. The reason you can’t see them is that I always try to get photos without random humans detracting from the image.

Valley of Fire State Park

That thing was massive and so striking. How do the wind and rain come up with these shapes? 

Valley of Fire State Park

These photos only show a hint of the purple. To the naked eye, it was purple, no two ways about it. 

Valley of Fire State Park

You can see the orange and purplish stripes, right? Majestic and graceful – you have to come and see it for yourself.

Valley of Fire State Park

Now that’s an inviting view. We went a bit further on the path before turning around. There was lots of the park to see and we only had the afternoon. It seems like that often happens to us. We’re in a sublime place and we have to hurry because we have a tight schedule. We’re working on loosening the grip that has on us!

Valley of Fire State Park

After our walk in this area, we got back in the car and drove back down to the main road and continued west. I had checked before we arrived and saw that the main road joined the interstate northeast of Las Vegas. So even though we drove the long way, there was no backtracking involved.

Valley of Fire State Park

Last, But Not Least

The hills in these next photos were a bit different and more spread out. But just as stunning as the others. Yes, I have more photos, but wasn’t allowed in include any others!

Wouldn’t you know it, this one is called Arch Rock!

Valley of Fire State Park

You are not allowed to climb up there, so this was the best photo I could get.

Valley of Fire State Park

Believe it or not, we had to reach a negotiated settlement on how many photos to include in this post! 

After our jaunt through the park, one of us (Hmmm…who could that be?) had hundreds of pictures in their iPhone. We love us some rocks and this park had some alright.

Valley of Fire State Park

I don’t have adequate words for these two – unbelievable beauty – mother nature strikes again!

Valley of Fire State Park

In conclusion, we’d have to say – “We love this place.” We’ll certainly return one day, but we’ll sleep in the park, so we get more time to explore. It’s only 58 miles from the Vegas Strip – anyone with a car can go!

On this trip, our next stop was a hotel in Las Vegas for the night. We’ll pick up from there in the next post.

Valley of Fire State Park

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2 comments

    • Lisa Sheehan on September 20, 2017 at 8:24 am
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    How’s your car holding up? How many miles have you driven in total? Do you ever try going to off the wall places to eat? What are some of your favorite memories of this adventure (though I suspect there will be more)? Do you ever tire of living from place to place? How long will you roam? Hugs, lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, We have no idea how many miles we’ve gone since we started this roaming – about 2,200 miles on this quick trip. The Camry has held up pretty well considering what we put it through. It never breaks down, it just looks like crap! More on that later. Honestly, we don’t have the funds to eat out much, so we don’t. The rock formations in the Valley of Fire were the stand-outs on this trip: absolutely stunning. Moving around is still fun and I suppose we’ll stay at it until it isn’t. Surprisingly, the moving around is fine, it’s staying put for too long that gets us: I get restless after a couple of weeks, Jim a couple of weeks after that. We’re restless souls at this point. Who knew!

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