Valley of Fire, Nevada

This state park a short distance from Las Vegas has spectacular red rock formations. The white Domes Loop travels into slot canyons and desert washes, and the Mouse's Tank passes fabulous red walls covered with petroglyphs. The camping area offers the Petrified Logs Loop, desert fauna and flora, and the Natural Arches Trail allows for hiking in a broad dry riverbed. Scrambling is available anywhere there are rock jumbles, but rock climbing is mostly limited.

About the State Park

  • Multiple hiking areas travel into interesting jumbles, canyons, washes, and desert terrain.
  • Most trails are short with modest elevation gain.
  • Look for desert plants, flowers, birds, and wildlife such as lizards and big horn sheep.
  • A number of areas have petrogylphs from the ancient residents of the area.
  • Two regular and one group campground exist.
  • A ranger station offers exhibits, a shop, and programming.
  • Although the desert climate can be very hot in summer, its high elevation keeps it cooler than expected and cold at night.
  • There is a lot of exposure to the sun in this treeless realm, however, so sun protection is a must.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling, Naturalist
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: *Varies*
  • 2,464 ft
  • see Land Manager
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