Valley of Fire, NV
We left Las Vegas on Monday and headed about fifty miles to the northeast for another visit to Valley of Fire State Park. Pam and Jessica spent a day hiking here last week during Jessica’s visit, but the park has a nice campground and plenty of great hiking so we decided to move there with the motorhome for a four day stay.
Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada and covers an area of almost 42,000 acres. It derives its name from red sandstone formations formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.
After a drive of about eleven miles from I-15 you go over a rise in the road and are treated to a great view of the valley in front of you.
Two miles into the park is the turn off for the main camping area. The camping area is surrounded by beautiful red rock formations.
The camping area does not take reservations, so when we arrived, we unhooked the Jeep and rode through to pick a spot. The sites are very large and have water and electric, as well as a covered picnic table. Most of the sites are set up to pull a motorhome in facing a great view of the mountains.
After getting set up we quickly took a hike to the top of the rocks shown beside us in the picture above.
The park has many beautiful stone arches. The one below was just outside the campground.
After our hike we spent the remainder of the day sitting outside just enjoying the view.
This post is a bit delayed as we had no Internet access there. In our next post we’ll share pictures of some of hikes we had planned.
More on that later . . .