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 . . .