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“Great photo opportunities and Geoglogy”

Valley of Fire State Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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“Great photo opportunities and Geoglogy”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

I spent two days in early December at the Valley of Fire State Park. Charly Moore from Overland Canyon tours was my photo guide.I am in my late sixties. In December you can shoot all day because of the angle of the sun and not worry about shadows and highlights.Great vistas are available from the parking areas but if you want to get the special shots you need to go a little further out.Charly is a photographer and knew where to take me for the best photo options.The park was virtually empty at this time of the year.The geology offered superb shapes, textures and
colors. I will be heading back there next year as probably covered about 25% of the park in the two days. I stayed at the Northshore Inn at Lake Mead in Overton.Friendly service, good breakfeast and about 8 miles from the park.

Visited December 2012
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“The most amazing park”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

This Nevada state park is one of the most amazing places in the US and perhaps in the entire world. Nicer than any national parks in my opinion. The variety of colors and shapes is incredible. Hike away from the road and it feels like a different planet. Slow down (rangers monitor speed), park, hike and enjoy it!

Visited December 2012
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We went on a one week Las Vegas vacation last month. We love to play poker but we also like to visit other attractions when vacationing. We had a rental car and decided to check out the Valley of Fire state park. This attraction is a little more then an hours drive from Las Vegas and the rock coloration and formations are beautiful and unique. The formations here are different from those at the wonderful Utah national parks (no hoodoos) but still beauiful. I think this park is best seen in later afternoon wen the sun hits the formations just right and if you stay late the sunset over the fiery red rocks is beautiful.

Visited November 2012
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“Gorgeous, highlight of Las Vegas trip”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We visited Valley of Fire State Park on a beautiful November weekend, when the sun completely lit up the red rocks that characterize the park. The park itself is very small but it is packed with gorgeous scenery (not quite as great as the national parks in Utah that feature red rocks, but still beautiful). There are many easy day-hikes that require minimal physical fitness.

Most people drive up to the west entrance from Las Vegas, but the best way to get to the park is to drive towards Lake Mead and then take Lakeshore Drive (the north shore of Lake Mead) to the east entrance of the park. You have to pay a $10 entrance fee to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, but it is absolutely worth it. Not only will you get to stop at a number of panoramic vistas of Lake Mead, but you will also drive through a remote stretch of highway surrounded by beautiful rock formations.

Visited November 2012
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Tilbury, Canada
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“My second visit and still amazing”
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

This state park is nicely maintained and only a short drive from Vegas. The sights are other worldly and a great example of the diverse southwestern US landscape. Its a pleasant outdoor diversion to the noise and bustle of the casinos. Take the entire drive for a complete sampling of the location, and stop and hike off frequently. Bring your camera and tell everyone back home you have pictures from Mars. It'll be an easy sell

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