Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
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Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. The park is open all year.
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  • Ruthsmum
    214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting area to drive through
    There are a lot of impressive arid landscapes in the area and, to be fair, this one doesn't offer the sheer scale or drama of many of the others. Nevertheless there is plenty to see with a range of rock features and colours. We had to drive this way; it's worth taking a bit of time here rather than just racing through.
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Melaney68
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland10,883 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We finally made it- definitely worth it!
    After many visits to Vegas we finally decided to take time to visit this state park. Be sure to get a map at the entrance to the park because there are a lot of dead end stopping points and you should make a plan. The visitor’s center has restrooms and water and a basic gift shop. We were so impressed with the rock formations and the photos we were able to take. Fire Wave was our favorite stop hands down.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Louis H
    Atlanta, Georgia634 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great state park for adventure
    Great place for adventure. Went here on my way from Vegas to Zion and my car rental agent recommended this park. It’s laid out similar to Arches NP where you drive from formation to formation. There are tons of places to stop and hike and enjoy so everyone isn’t jamming into one place like Zion or Yosemite. I really liked the White Domes area. There are a lot of spots to Boulder. The fire wave was closed but there were plenty of other good spots. It was in the mid 90s so the park employees said they wanted to reduce the number of people hiking and getting dehydrated.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Kendall M
    Columbiana, Ohio135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views
    My husband and I visited the park while in Las Vegas for a few days and it was stunning. The photos you see online do not do it justice. It is like being on another planet. We got in for free due to Nevada state parks day but I think it’s $15 per car which is reasonable. We spent 3 hours here driving through the park but there are hiking trails also. It was just too hot to hike the day we went. The have a nice visitors center and a small gift shop with souvenirs and snacks. The roads were really well maintained and signage was adequate when trying to find something. We would love to go back and definitely recommend this park!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom828 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent National Park.
    What a fabulous place this was, we stopped expecting to stay an hour or so & break our journey from Vegas to Zion, instead we were here about 4/5 hours. A place for hikes & or just taking in the views. A very lovely place & stunning views. If you think you are going to just pop in, be prepared for a longer stop than anticipated!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Diane K
    Wallingford, Pennsylvania1,230 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery
    My daughter heard about this place and was eager to see. We drove the main road through the park and saw some amazing scenery. The park was on the honor system after 430pm and admission was they had an envelope for the admission fee. Amazing if people so it. I paid the $10 because I had no idea of anyone was checking. The visitors center was closed when we arrived but restrooms were decent. The trail was beautiful and we enjoyed driving through.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Hooked_on_travel77
    Franklin, North Carolina3,168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding park. Even a ram was seen.
    Gorgeous rock formations and delightful views. Easy driving and a park that should not be missed. It was $15 per car in May 2023. Even an arch can be seen, plus this is where one of the Star Trek movies was filmed. You can see the spot of the surrounding landscape. It's all quite familiar if you watch the movie before visiting here. There is wildlife here as well and we saw a ram on the rocks (see photos).
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • E L
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park with great hikes.
    Park is driver friendly. Make sure to stop at the visitor center for interesting and informative displays. The rock formations are beautiful and well worth spending a day. Hikes are relatively short, though with some elevation changes. Keep and eye out for bighorn!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Bmama
    Pennsylvania15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery.
    Beautiful State Park even with quite a few trails closed. We went on one of the hottest days and started at the visitor center and filled our water bottles. Drove through amazing views and then did a short hike through Petroglyph canyon. Stunning. Drove through the park and stopped at a few photo stops. Went back to the visitor center for and refilled our water bottles and had lunch. Finished driving though the park and did a short hike to elephant rock. Absolutely beautiful and worth it even with most of the trails closed we really wanted to do.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 28, 2023
  • DontStopExploring
    Winnipeg, Canada1,083 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Valley of Fire State Park
    This is an amazing state park and definitely worth a detour from Vegas or a stop on your road trip! The park isn't terribly big so you could experience it in just a couple of hours, or if you want to do lots of hikes, you could spend a couple of days. We spent the day here. In the park, there's a few scenic drives, ancient petroglyphs, and beautiful rock formations all around, including a couple of arches. There's some amazing picnic spots too. If you plan ahead, pack a lunch to eat at 7 Sisters. There is a fantastic picnic site under the rocks. It's very cool. We only stopped in for a quick photo, but next time, we'll definitely have lunch there.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
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regis k
Arcadia, CA1,678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Being only 55 miles from Las Vegas, valley of fire attracts many visitors who visit Las Vegas. This State park is amazing with so many stone formations and fantastic sceneries. From our tour guide, we understand this state park is the oldest state park in Nevada. It derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. He also told us that the valley was an ocean 400 million years ago.

So with all these ocean floor activities, there were so many places in the valley creating many of the amazing scenes that make up of today’s attractions in the park. We only had one day to visit the park, so we can only visit the Wave, The Arch Rock, the bee hives, and the elephant rock.

Out of all the attractions, the wave was the most interesting to us. With its wavy stone lines on the hills, it looks like a piece of art on display. These wave lines were formed with the oceanic activities and the interaction between lime stones and red sandstones. The result is a beautiful scenery with natural lines across the hills. Like any beautiful things, it is hidden away from the main road. It took us almost an hour of hike to get to the wave area. But the hike was an easy one, no climbing required.

Getting here from Las Vegas is an easy drive on highway 15. There is a $10 park entrance fee. Once you get in, you should definite visit the visitor center first to plan out your visit especially if you have limited time for the day trip. We also bumped into some wild mountain goats. Who knows, you may sees some old tortoises too.
Written March 5, 2020
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Linda P
Ballston Spa, NY384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
One day was enough to see the listed trails, we returned at sunset to see how the light changed. Seeing the "Wave" in Kanab requires a lottery for very limited participation- this park has the same formations of bacon streaked rock. Visitor center quite nice- the icecream bars in gift room freezer of better quality than any others I saw in Utah, bird viewing set up behind and if you're lucky the big horn ram come down there as well. You could spend several days carefully examining and walking/climbing off the beaten path. A combination of a mini Goblin State park and Kodachrome
Written October 19, 2020
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4oystercatcher
washington state446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We are well-traveled, internationally and have gone to many of our nation's great parks. We have been to Grand Canyon more than once, Canyonlands, Bryce, etc. We drove through Sedona yesterday with snow on the pass and today were at Valley of Fire. We were floored how accessible it is and how stunning the geology. The visitor's center does a decent job explaining what one sees today and what it was like long long ago but it could use an update. You can fill your water bottles there and take a restroom break. We were there on a weekday after lunch and it wasn't too crowded. It costs $10 per carload and if you go back via the east entrance of Lake Mead you may owe another toll, we did not get hit with it but it is a worthwhile way to get back to the Henderson area. Don't think this is a yawn, it is not. It might be worth a trip to Vegas just to hike here and see the stars at night from this vantage point. It will take your breath away.
Written February 25, 2020
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timcarla
Saint Louis, MO313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The map was very easy to follow and there are so many cool formations and trails. Admission was $10 and we totally enjoyed the Valley of Fire over Red Rock Canyon, it is just much more scenic. The ancient petrogyphs all over the park were very interesting. Highly suggest this a a delightful break from the Vegas strip. You could spend a half day or a full day hiking the trails, so many trails were covered in white or red sand. I got several photos of the sheep.
Written January 5, 2020
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Lucy Z
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Tucked into the mountains off the 15N, the Valley of Fire feels like a gem waiting to be discovered. After a short 35 minute freeway, you'll drive past a gas station and into the canyon roads for another 25 minutes. There's two entrances which you'll remit a $10 park fee - coming from the 15N you'll be at the west entrance & coming from Lake Mead, you'll enter the east entrance. Both entrances offer the opportunity to see Petrified wood - however, I would pass, as the logs were not as crystalized as other petrified wood we have seen. If your time is short, I would head straight to the Fire Wave Trail (~1 mile round trip, budget 1 hour). This hike is fairly easy to moderate, and is gravel with one manageable steep decline down. Do not miss this hike, as this is the park's namesake hike. Other renown hikes include the White Domes Road, Elephant Rock, Mouse's Tank, and Rainbow Vista. White Domes is a 1.25RT hike offering slot canyons and beautiful geological formations to feast your eyes. Other pullout sites include Arch Rock, Seven Sisters, and Atlatl Rock. Make sure to swing over to chat with a ranger to time-budget, because this park has so much to offer!
Written January 15, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This state park is soo close to Las Vegas. It's great way to great out into nature and get some fresh air. You have to pay $10 for admission ~ which bring cash you have to place it into an envelope and slide it into a locked box at entrance and put a hang tag on your car to drive through the park. There is a couple of cute little trails in the Valley of Fire we enjoyed the mouse tank the best and it was a great way to see petroglyphic.
Written April 20, 2021
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YukonSarah
Airdrie, Canada260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
What an amazing half day spent in Valley of Fire State Park. We have been to Vegas in the past and can't believe we have not checked out this park until now. An easy drive with a rental car. We visited on a Thursday in February, arriving around 10:00am. The park was not busy at all.

We entered the park from the far side which is closest to the Visitor Center, however, I don't think it matters which side you enter. When we exited the same direction we saw a group of desert big horn sheep

We are not a fit couple, yet enjoyed many of the hikes in the park. Fire Wave and White Domes were fairly easy hikes. White Domes has a steep downhill start but it's so worth it. This is a loop hike - in order to ensure you're doing the steep decline rather than incline make sure you start straight out from the signs rather than on the drive up.

The weather forcast was not high but it seemed much hotter than it actually was. Make sure you take water, sunscreen and a hat regardless of how hot the temperature is.

We drove the entire park but didn't stop at every stop. We were there for about 4 hours. Which gave us time for Hoover Dam on the way back to Vegas.
Written February 24, 2020
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Lori G
Lumberton, TX406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The entrance fee is $10 and during COVID you pay at a kiosk that is not manned and you need exact change, so come prepared for that. It gets hot and there's very little shade so start early if possible. Wear a hat and bring water. The trails are easy and views are great. Rent a car if you're staying in Vegas. You can also travel back the route that takes you by Lake Mead if you want a different route back.
Written October 14, 2020
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Bill B
Pueblo, CO1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This place is an absolutely gorgeous. The trails have beautiful scenery and they are generally easy. The petroglyphs are next to the trails and remain almost untouched. If you take a trip here, you will not be disappointed. There are no crowds, it is incredibly beautiful, and the memories will be everlasting...$10 dollars per person to get in. The visitors center mini-museum is worth that.
Written October 18, 2020
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KosherTraveller2011
New York City, NY678 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
If you love beautiful mountain scenery and gorgeous red rock formations in the desert, the Valley of Fire is a “must” place to visit on your next trip to Vegas. It’s just truly spectacular to see this natural beauty show of color and grandeur.
There are hiking trails, picturesque picnic spots and a welcome center with a unique gift shop.
Just to drive through the beautiful park itself is only a 20 minute excursion at slow speed. It’s a much longer visit if you decide to explore the hiking and nature trails. On a scorching hot day like the one I experienced, being out on the trails can get oppressively hot in a hurry.
The one negative is the long drive from Las Vegas to get here. It took us some 55 minutes just to get to the vicinity of the park. A lovely drive, but a lengthy one for a sort, if otherwise spectacular destination. It also costs $25 per car to access the Lake Meade recreation area.
Written June 22, 2021
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