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“Hidden Gem just 1 hr from Vegas”

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 July 23, 2013

After leaving the Grand Canyon, we headed west to Nevada. We were worried that we would be disappointed after the GC but that was certainly not the case! If you have the chance to visit Valley of Fire- GO! It is a gem. Nestled among huge gray mountains, is this valley of gorgeous fire red formations. We even saw a big-horned sheep! Wonderful examples of petroglyphs as well- quite a few stairs to get there but well preserved works. It was 112 the day we visited so our visit consisted of short looks vs. longer hikes but well work it. Only an hour away from Vegas. Warning- the town of Overton is incredibly small. Don't plan on spending much time there. We had a very comfortable room for the night, but a half-day is all you need.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Valley of FIre is one of Nevada's state parks. Spring and fall are the preferred seasons for a visit. It was 110 the day we visited and hiking was discouraged. The park itself was gorgeous! My brother and nieces enjoyed the rock formations and seeing the petroglyphs for the first time. It was my fourth visit but the first time I saw Fire Canyon. The road has recently been paved to that area. It was fabulous! The Visitors Center is interesting and one can refill water bottles there. Valley of FIre is well worth the $10 admission fee!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Went to the Valley of Fire after visiting the Hoover Dam. This was based on reviews of both, and the suggestions to visit the Hoover Dam early to avoid crowds (good suggestion).

Is really something to experience. It was 110 that day, but coming from back east where we have humidity, was actually not all that bad.

The only thing I really did not think of until I started the drive (about 60 miles ) from the Hoover Dam was how remote it was there. Limited to no cell service during much of the drive. Couple of call boxes but about 25 miles apart. Think I saw about 10 cars total on the drive.

Suggest if you go in the summer months carry plenty of water (at least 6 large bottles) and have some extra layers of light clothes in the event that you happen to break down.

Was pretty windy that day, but you should find a spot where the wind is blocked by the rocks and experience how quite it is and the remoteness of the park.

Cost of visiting the park is $10. Self serve payment on the east side of the park, booth with ranger at the other end. Pass for Lake Mead is not valid for Valley of Fire.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This place is about 1 hour away from Vegas. There are several short hikes here and many photo opportunities. It was 107 Degrees out when we visited so we only went on one short hike. Mouses Tank is about a 1 mile round trip hike that takes you through a canyon. Along the way you will see Petroglyph's on the canyon walls. There is a visitor center that opens at 8 AM. We were actually able to see Ram near the visitor center hanging out.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you are in Vegas and have the time to travel approximately 1 hr northeast up I-15 I would strongly urge you to do so.This is an awesome experience and so worth the $10 admission $8 if a Nevada resident.Fabulous petroglyphs and 150 million year old rock formations.Quite a few very nicely prepared picnic areas with tables,bbq's,bathroom facilities and outdoor running water faucets.Make sure you take a camera.

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