Day Trip at Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire, in Nevada, is a state park known for its stunning red sandstone formations, which illuminate the valley, especially at sunset, making it look as though it's on fire. Valley of Fire is a small park but with many hiking trails and interesting rock formations.
Location - 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040, United States
It is located about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Valley of Fire makes the perfect day trip from Las Vegas and even Los Angeles f you want to enjoy nature and don't mind driving.
Time, it is open from sunrise to sunset. So arrive early to take advantage of all the light.
Price, the entrance fee is $10 per car per day and $15 for cars from out of state. If you are planning on camping then it will be $20 and if you have a National Park Pass, it does NOT apply to any state parks.
Food, stay hydrated and bring snacks, bring you own snack and even though each hike might sound short and easy, the warm sun and sandy air will keep you looking for water the entire time.
Hiking, I recommend the Fire Wave Trail, it is an unique slickrock. Heading there first things means cooler temperatures and fewer people in the photos. It is a 1.5 mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of 180 feet. It can take from 45 to 60 minutes. It is an easy hike.
How to get to Fire Wave Trail, from the visitor center, take White Domes Road/Mouse’s Tank Road into the park for 4.7 miles. Park in parking lot #3. The trailhead is across the street from the parking lot.
We also went to the White Domes Trail, it is a 1.2 mile hike and you even get to walk through a small slot canyon. The start of the trail takes you between two large rocks and you get an impressive and colorful view of the canyon below you. This hike has an elevation gain of 150 feet takes between 30 to 45 minutes. It is considered an easy hike.
How to get to the White Domes Trail, from the visitor center, take White Domes Road/Mouse’s Tank Road into the park for 5.6 miles until the road dead-ends at the parking lot for the While Domes Loop.
It is a small park but there are many points of interest such as Mouse’s Tank, Rainbow Vista, White Domes, Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock and Seven Sisters.
Pink Pastel Canyon -
Mouse Tank Road
Camping: There are two campgrounds with 72 units. All campsites are first-come, first-served.
RV Camping: RV sites with power and water hookups are available.
Picnicking/Day Use: Shaded areas with restrooms are located at Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse's Tank Trailhead and White Domes.
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