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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day Trip -- Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park (VFSP) is a must see place if one has the time on a trip to Las Vegas.  The scenery and the stark contrasts make a trip to VFSP unforgettable.  VFSP is like Red Rock Canyon -- except on steroids.  My recent trip to VFSP was only for about 3 hours and I felt like I barely scratched the surface of the park.  There is just too much to look at and explore on a short day trip.  In my opinion VFSP requires a full day or 2 days to really get a feel for the the place -- whether you are into hiking, photography, or just exploring.


Like Red Rock Canyon, VFSP can just be viewed by driving around in your car.  Yes the scenery is stunning, but the real beauty of the place is getting out of your car and exploring the many different aspects of the park.  The scenery, rock formations, and colors are so stunning at VFSP that it almost seems like you are on a different planet when visiting there.  In all honesty, to try and describe the park in words in frankly very difficult.  It is a place that must seen and taken in.  It is not a place to be rushed through.

Here is a link from the state of Nevada that tells you everything you need to know about the VFSP:


Driving to VFSP is more complicated then driving to Red Rock Canyon.  The drive takes about an hour from Las Vegas and you are pretty much out in the middle of nowhere.  There are two ways to get to VFSP -- the most common way from Las Vegas is to take the 15 north and then take the 169 to the park.  There are plenty of signs to direct motorists in the right direction.  There is another way to get to VFSP and this involves driving through Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  This route is longer and more time consuming then the 15 north -- but does offer more in the way of scenery.  Here's a pano photo I took driving back to Henderson through LMNRA:


When I visited VFSP it was during a storm in the Spring. It was cold, windy, and intermittent rain through the course of the day. I found it very pleasant and great for taking pictures. However, I would imagine a visit to VFSP during the summer months to be especially brutal. If you are planning a trip to VFSP during the summer I would advise a person to be well prepared and make sure your vehicle is in good running order.


As noted I barely scratched the surface of what VFSP has to offer in terms of trails and hiking.  I did manage to get out on a few trails and rock formations, but nothing overly demanding or time consuming.  From the information provided at the park entrance there are an abundance of excellent hiking and climbing opportunities in VFSP.  Also of interest are the numerous well preserved Indian rock art or petroglyphs on rock faces throughout the park.

Note:  All photos in this blog were taken by and are the property of Jimmy Hoofa.

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