Hiking in the Valley of Fire – Part Two

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.

Entering the Wash

The wash narrows . . .

. . .and narrows

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.

Lunch on the Rocks

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 . . .

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6 Responses to Hiking in the Valley of Fire – Part Two

  1. We are convinced. Would you say this is the best time of the year to be there? Beautiful shots!
    Thank you for the hike.

    • placestheygo says:

      The weather at Valley of Fire is similar to Vegas. I believe winters are mild. But our week there in Feb. had the campground half empty and the park very uncrowded. Of course, we were there during the week. When Jessica and I went for the day, it was Presidents’ Day and we still were able to find parking at each spot.

  2. Marsha says:

    It is just so amazing how lovely the rock is in that area. I never get tired of looking at all the swirls and shades.
    The wash is so awesome. I love how you two just walked right through all that beauty.
    Your lunch spot looks like a place most people can only dream of.
    You are going from one fantastic area to another. Do a good job mapping Utah for us. We are pretty sure we are headed that way in October.

  3. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    I sure hope we get to the Valley of Fire. It is beautiful in your pictures…so I can only imagine what it is like in person. We have never been to Utah….can’t wait for your posts from there.

    • placestheygo says:

      It was an easy day trip from Vegas. My daughter and I arrived around 11:00 and did four trails (White domes, Rainbow trail, Fire Wave, and Mouse’s Tank) before dark. Arrived back in Vegas before 6:00.

      We are spending three months in southern Utah so we should have lots to share.

  4. Lisa and Norm Young says:

    Beautiful photos and looks like you had ideal weather!! Enjoy Utah!!

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