Valley of Fire State Park

Las Vegas, NV

On Sunday Pam and Jessica headed north to do some hiking in the Valley of Fire State Park.  John re-injured his back and spent the day on the floor trying to stretch out the sore muscles.  But he received no sympathy from the ladies as they said “have a great day” and headed out the door!  However, they did leave Ibuprofen and water.

The Valley of Fire State Park is about fifty miles northeast of Las Vegas.  It derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs.  These features often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.  The pictures below are just a few of the spectacular sights in the park.

There are a number of places in the park where you can find petroglyphs, evidence of the Anasazi who farmed the nearby Moapa Valley until about 1150 AD.

The area has a large number of Big Horn Sheep.  A few stopped to pose for us as we hiked.

The park has a nice campground near the visitor’s center.  So next week we plan to move there and spend some more time hiking some of the many trails in the park.  But first we’ll continue to check out the sights and sounds of Las Vegas.

More on that later . . .

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13 Responses to Valley of Fire State Park

  1. Lisa says:

    Looks like P&J had an awesome time! Great pics! Perhaps Hans and I will make it there next winter.

    John, you better get well quick or Pam will be hiking without you!!!!

  2. Marsha says:

    Ibuprofen and water…you girls are too good to that man.

    You two beauty queens should be posing on those gorgeous rocks in your bathing suits! Forget the dang ocean for the Playboy cover…you two should submit those photos to the magazine. You just never know.

    Jessica looks like she has lost more weight. What a cutie she is. Takes after mom for sure.

    Love the photo of the Long Horn. Awesome beauty all around. You will love camping there.

    Hope John is off the floor and on his feet joining in on all the fun today.

  3. Janet says:

    Stunning photos! Makes me think of our trip Moab. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    Sounds like a destination for us! That’s a cute pic of Jessica looking through the hole in the rock. Took me a minute to see her! And push ups….I am impressed!

    • placestheygo says:

      Valley of Fire is magnificent! It rivals Sedona in my mind. There are so many layers of flat rocks that you can explore anywhere you want. We are moving there Monday to camp for a week. Can wait!

  5. Yes, this is a stop for us as we head back to the West sometime in the future. Thank you for sharing your stunning photos.

  6. Love the photos! We never made it to Valley of Fire during our stay at Lake Mead and now I really regret it. We are planning another stay in the area near the end of March so this park is on the list for sure. Did you happen to notice if there’s any cell service at the park? Would love to stay at the park but we need an internet signal for that pesky work thing 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      The down side of the park (or maybe for some the good), there was very little service. Their park map marks the places you may get cell service. There was a little sketchy data because every now and then the phone would bing for a message. Not sure you could work. The map shows no service at the campground but we got one bar (verizon), no data. The campground is deep in the red rocks.

  7. Melissa says:

    That is fantastic that you were lucky enough to see a sheep 🙂

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