Valley of Fire, NV
This blog is a continuation of our four day stay in Valley of Fire State Park. In the previous blog we showed you a picture of the road that heads north from the visitor’s center. That road crosses a series of washes (dried creek beds) numbered one to five. We had heard that there is interesting hiking in some of the washes, so we parked the Jeep by the road near a wash crossing and headed down stream. We were immediately rewarded, as the wash began to wind through a series of twists and turns through colorful rock.
After a short hike, the wash widens, but still has some colorful rock swirls along the sides.
We climbed up out of the wash on to the top of a huge rock outcropping and sat down to enjoy the view and have a little lunch.
Hiked back through the narrow wash to the Jeep, we crossed over the road and continued up stream.
The hike in the wash was nice, but not as nice as the one on the other side of the road. Every once in a while we hiked up on the rocks to get a panorama view and see where we were.
The views were fantastic and there were a number of arch formations along the way.
Climbing back into the wash, we continued up stream until we came to an unusual obstacle for the desert, water!
If we were really adventurous we could have removed our shoes and gone through the water. But we thought we saw a shark swimming in the water, so we climbed up on the rocks above. We found that we were almost back into the White Dome area we had hiked the day before. Since it was getting late in the day, we decided to hike back down the stream, return to the Jeep, and call it a day.
We did a number of shorter hikes during our stay in the Valley of Fire. Each one provided a unique experience with cool scenery. If you’re traveling in an RV, be sure to spend a few days in the campground. The sites are super large, isolated with great views, and have water and electricity (50 amp!). If you fly into Vegas to spend a little money, rent a car and spend a day hiking!
We really didn’t want to leave our beautiful site in this park, but the weather is beginning to improve and the national parks of Utah seem to be calling our name. So we are off to the Zion National Park area for an extended stay.
More on that later . . .