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Valley of Fire State Park is En Fuego with Geological Wonders

Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest, largest and perhaps hottest state park in Nevada. ‘Hot’ as in summer temperatures (sometimes pushing 120 degrees), but also ‘hot’ in that it features some incredible geological wizardry featuring spectacular red sandstone formations (Aztec Sandstone), set among gray and tan limestone.

Valley of Fire State Park Road

Valley of Fire State Park Sandstone Formation

The park sits at 2,454 feet about 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas and 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. There you’ll find almost 46,000 acres of desert wilderness to explore. In addition to the sandstone rock formations, there are ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back over 2,000 years. You can also see historic cabins, desert wildflowers and wildlife like bighorn sheep, desert tortoise and a variety of reptiles and birds. And if you stay overnight, you’ll be treated to a blanket of incredible stars like shown here with Elephant Rock.

Elephant Rock and the Milky WayValley of Fire State Park Elephant Rock

Valley of Fire State Park Historic Cabins & Picnic AreaValley of Fire State Park Historic Cabins

Camping is the only way you can stay overnight in the Park. Atlatl Rock Campground has 44 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs (some with electric/water hookups).  Arch Rock Campground has 29 campsites mostly for tents and trailers (no hookups).

Atlatl Rock Campground ViewValley of Fire State Park - Atlatl Campground View

Valley of Fire State Park Atlatl Rock Campsite 19Valley of Fire State Park Atlatl Rock Campsite 19

Valley of Fire State Park Arch Rock Campground ViewValley of Fire State Park Arch Rock Campground View

Valley of Fire State Park Arch Rock Campsite 22 – ‘The Sphinx’Valley of Fire State Park Arch Rock Campsite 22

Single-family campsites at both campgrounds are first-come first-serve (no reservations), although you can reserve a group campsite by calling the park directly at 775-684-2270.  The campgrounds have drinking water, flush toilets, showers and an RV dump station. Each campsite has a shaded table, fire ring and grate.

Valley of Fire State Park has miles of trails to hike and roads to bike. There’s also six picnic areas: Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse’s Tank Trailhead and White Domes. The Visitor Center (pictured below) offers exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park. There’s also a snappy gift store there.

Valley of Fire State Park Visitor Center

One thing you won’t be able to see is the famous ‘Arch Rock’ formation. That collapsed back in 2010, but we happened to get a photo of it just a few months before it fell.

Valley of Fire State Park Arch Rock Formation

The park is open dawn to dusk during the day, 365 days per year. The best time to visit is Fall through Spring. Hope you enjoy your trip!

Regards,

Camp Ranger

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