Guest Author - Gregory A. Kompes
Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada is one of my favorite places in Nevada. Filled with petroglyphs (first people rock art estimated to be 3,000 years old), there are several easy hikes, although on sandy ground, and other facilities (bathrooms and water). There seems to be an ever changing view based on where how intense the sun is, the angle of light and shadow, and the moment you look in any given direction.
Just an hour north of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is Nevadaís oldest state park. It was dedicated in 1935. Itís also the largest park in Nevada with 42,000 acres and offers camping, hiking, picnicking, and excellent photography opportunities. Be sure to stop in at the interactive, interpretive center to learn more about the park and gather information about the offerings.
There are simple, easy hikes, such as Mouseís Tank and Rainbow Vista Trail that offer great views of both a red rock canyon and countless petroglyphs on the canyon walls. There are also more extensive hikes throughout the valley. Click to view the trail map
Valley of Fire also offers camping facilities for both tent camping and RVs. There are additional fees and permits required for camping. Additionally, the park has several group facilities that can accommodate up to 45 people (for picnicking and camping) although parking is limited.
A few words of caution. Valley of Fire is a desert park. Summer temperatures can climb up to 120 degrees. Be sure to drink and carry plenty of water, especially if your hiking. Nights can be quite cool, even in summer. There are frequently limitations placed on open flames and fires, so before you light the grill for your picnic, be sure to check out the fire warnings for the day. For additional rules and information, please use the links and phone numbers provided below.
Contact Valley of Fire State Park
P.O. Box 515
Overton, Nevada 89040
Phone: (702) 397-2088
Fax: (702) 397-2621