When Motion TV show featured Valley of Fire State Park several years ago, I put it on my list of places to see. The park did not disappoint – a place of rugged beauty and fascinating colors, it is a jewel in the southwestern US.
From Las Vegas, travel just 30 minutes north on I-15 and then go another 30 minutes east on Valley of Fire Hwy. The park is on the north side of the road. A loop drive for Arch Rock, Altalt Rock, and campgrounds is on the left. Just beyond is the main drive, Mouse Tank Road. We made a short stop at the visitor center for video and exhibits. Then, we proceeded up the road for great views and walks among the rock formations.
We especially enjoyed the amazing views of the Rainbow Vista and Fire Wave trails. Several happy hours were spent driving, viewing, and walking – lots of options – be sure to get a park brochure. At the end of the road, we only stopped for a short walk and view of the White Domes; we would have stayed longer, but we needed to move on. Elephant Rock is a fun rock formation on the eastern end of Valley of Fire Hwy. And don’t miss the photo op on the eastern end – a chance to stand in a VOF frame for a souvenir photo.
The $10 entrance fee is a great deal for a drive thru or for all day. Camping fees are more but reasonable; this is a great place for those who like to camp.
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