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“Colorful and Distinctive Rock Formations”

Valley of Fire State Park
Ranked #2 of 10 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 2 April 2018

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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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We hired a Mustang convertible and had a drive up to see the rock formations.
Great roads to the canyon, the red rocks stood out from the plain desert colours. The heritage centre was a good venue for the history, could have benefited from a cafeteria.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This was our 1st stop on a long Utah/Arizona trip. Really cool spot. Glad we came through. Think we did White Dome trail. Sandy but nice. Red rocks. Must be crazy hot in the summer.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

About an hour drive away, and maybe up to two hours to drive though it assuming you stop in a few areas, so it makes for a nice trip to do one morning if in Vegas. Drove over to Hoover Dam after and that was completely mobbed and chaotic, with cars creeping along and nowhere to park, so by comparison this was a much more enjoyable experience. There is a small visitor center and bathrooms throughout the park as well. You'll get some great photos at a place like this.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Awesome place! It took us 2 hours just to walk a mile cuz we kept stopping to take pics! Lol would absolutely recommend to anyone! Will definitely be coming back.

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