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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We made a day trip of visiting the Valley of Fire while staying in Vegas and it paralleled the Grand Canyon in beauty. It's not for those who aren't physically fit or enjoy nature but if you can make the hikes and appreciate natural beauty, this is a must see. The only negative is that the visitors center closes at 4:30 and is in the center of the park which is not a good starting point for the visit so by the time we got there, it was closed. There is a gas station off I-15 before the West entrance of the park that is very fairly priced. Its also a great place to stock up on water and snacks.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Just about an hour ride (55 minutes) Northwest of Las Vegas of the first National Park of Nevada; Valley of the Fire. What a beautiful place to see. There is so much more to La Vegas than the Strip. Venture out and see this site. I recommend visiting in the early morning because of the heat. Stop by the visitors center. Valley of the Fire is one of those places that you and see and experience the Red Rocks.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I always recommend to visitors going to Las Vegas, "Get off of the strip; there is a whole world of amazing things to do all around Las Vegas if you just make the effort".
Valley of Fire is one of those places that satisfies my needs for Red Rocks. Discovered nearly a decade and a half ago while on a Buddy Trip with my best friend, I have returned several times, even renting a Mercedes-Benz SUV just so I could go off-road to secret places I had not seen previously.
Where to begin? You're traveling north on I-15 for about an hour outside of Las Vegas. The scenery along the way is pretty non-descript, save for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway only 15 miles out of town.
You arrive at an exit, with nothing in sight but a Dinosaur Gas Station / Truck Stop / Casino / Convenience Store / Liquor Store on an Indian reservation. It's you one and only chance to gas up, stock up and nature breaks before entering the park. There are no concessions available once in the confines.
You drive towards the park on a deceptively long road (at least for a sea level resident, who can't judge just how far off those mountains really are).
The entrance is a dramatic series of switchbacks, changes in elevation and precarious roads dripping off the edge of black mountains. There is little evidence of what is about to spring on you once inside the park.
A modest $10 entrance fee later, the park opens wide like a Martian landscape. In all directions, there are rust red rock formations and mountains breathtaking to behold.
A few miles in, the one and only entrance station welcomes visitors with A/C, water fountains, bathrooms and a historical look at the formation and evolution of what was once an ocean teeming with life and now a barren desert.
Be prepared to take the better part of a day, and ensure that you are prepared for the barren conditions. You must have food and water, as well as shelter from the sun. I visit in November, and it's still bright and sunny throughout the day. Sunsets here are spectacular as the setting planet bounces off the rocks and creates shifting rainbows of colors.
I suggest taking in all of the park from one end to the other to fully realize the beauty. Going out the far eastern entrance will take you an a very long trek around Lake Mead that will eventually get you back to Las Vegas. Better to back track the way you came in and use the I-15 to get back.
Each stop is easily marked; a great map is provided; parking and turn-offs are available.
There are at least a dozen sights within the park, including stone huts that workers and visitors used for shelter nearly a century ago.
The enormity of the rock formations is awesome. The driving on the roads is something I wish i could do with a high powered sports car; they're that twisty. Some roads seem to abruptly come to an end; it's just a large dip in elevation. But boy is it fun to drive here!
I can't begin to express in words what this looks like; you must really trek here to see for yourself.
I have an insatiable love for the red rocks, and until I get to norther Arizona (Lake Powell) and Utah someday (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Monument Valley etc.), this is as close to heaven as I can get.
I have described the visit to Valley of Fire as being a religious experience. You cannot deny the existence of a higher power when viewing such amazing beauty in nature. You are dwarfed by the enormity of it all, yet you feel a spiritual connection. Is it the Native American ancestors reaching out? That's debatable, but the serenity you will find here is undeniable.
Go. Experience. The casinos are open 24 hours; they'll still be there when you get back.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Valley of Fire State Park is beautiful and a must see. I recommend driving through it in the morning though when the colors are more vibrant and the temperature is bearable.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

after coming from Grand Canyon this is pleasantly lonely. Do early in the morning as light is best, or evening with a reduced number of angles gut warmer light.

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