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“Fire Wave (aka the Wave) - New hiking trail and it's a good one”

Valley of Fire State Park
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Overton
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Valley of Fire State Park is gorgeous and there's a new reason to go there - the Fire Wave trail.

It's not on the brochures yet but there's a sign for it at parking lot #3 at the trail head. I learned about it when I asked the woman collecting the entrance fee for her favorite hike and she responded "The Wave." Didn't see it on the brochure or the map on the wall at the Visitor Center so I asked the woman working in the gift shop and she told us how to find it.

One you get to parking lot #3 it's easy to find the beginning of the trail. When you get to the end of the trail it looks somewhat like the periphery around the Wave in Arizona. (I assume that this trail is named after that area.) While it's not as stunning as its namesake - it's still absolutely beautiful. It's also only one mile round trip, it's very easy to follow the trail, and you drive down a paved road to the trail head. Definitely wear hiking shoes as it is uneven. Mostly rock but some sand.

It's full sun so bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. It was in the low 60s and I felt warm wearing jeans and a short sleeved shift.

59  Thank jaimexplorer
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

This was our first trip to Valley of Fire. We have hiked Red Rock Canyon in the past, and wanted to try something different. This park does not have the abundance of trails that Red Rock has, but for a few hours of hiking (between 3 different trails) they are interesting. We most enjoyed the White Domes trail, with the changes in elevation and the walk through the narrows (see photo). I want to point out the Mouse's Tank and the Rainbow Vista trail are very sandy - you are walking in red sand a good part of the hike. White Domes had some sandy parts, but more solid footing than the others. The Rainbow Vista trail is not marked on the map you receive, but if you stop at the parking area and walk towards the rocks, there is a sign for a trail and it is marked as you go along (distance of 1 3/4 mile, I assume round trip). This was a fun trail that ended with an stunning overlook of Fire Canyon (which you could not drive to in January, as the road was closed for repairs). We spent 4-5 hours in the park. The Visitor Center offers snacks and drinks, but no sandwiches or hot dogs, so plan ahead. This was a wonderful day out in January - not sure what I would want to hike it in July!

7  Thank CarlyMegsMom
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

An hour's drive from Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire is a wonderful break from the city. For $10, you can visit stunning rock formations and petroglyphs. Try to go when it is sunny so you can have the light on the red rocks. Wear decent shoes for walking. I did not have proper shoes, so I missed out on some things. However, if you are not mobile, the drive itself is gorgeous and worth the trip.

2  Thank ResearcherMD
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Power and water at sites 24 and up with level pads at most sites. This is a first come first served campground but there were lots of open sites even on the weekend. The sites are really big and have covered tables and fire rings. Dump station is available on the way out. Very beautiful scenery and great hikes.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Valley of Fire State Park is about 25 minutes away from Las Vegas and well worth the time and drive. Mark sure to ask for a map at the entrance or they will not give it to you. Entrace fee is $10.00. A good 1/2 day trip and taking a picnic lunch would be fun. Several hiking areas and turn out areas. We hiked back to Petroglyphs in the Mouse's Tank canyon ( a 1/2 mile round trip) but hiking to the end is not worth the time unless you like to climb down to see the natural basin. Go the whole route from west through the east entrance and then toward Hoover Dam but turn back to Vegas turn off and save Hoover dam for another day.

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