I have enjoyed wandering around the United States and bouncing between coasts for more than 25 years photographing many of our natural treasures.
One place that never seemed to be on my chosen route each trip was Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. I finally stopped for a visit in 2010 and much to my surprise this place was beyond what I even remotely expected.
As I wandered and explored that first day of my visit I wondered briefly if I had read the map wrong and was actually in Utah’s Canyon Country. Nevada is beautiful! From the Ruby and Santa Rosa Mountains to the North and the Great Basin National Park on the East side, Valley of Fire North of Las Vegas does not seem to belong here.
But I am glad it is as I had two days to figure out the lay of the land. I quickly realized two days was not enough and I would have to plan another visit here.
Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and covers close to 35,000 acres. Besides the stunning red rock formations, the park has a good collection of desert flora and fauna.
There are many unique features worthy of photography from the White Domes area, to Atlatl Rock, Elephant Rock, The Beehives, Petroglyph Canyon, The Seven Sisters, Mouse’s Tank, and more.
There are even some cool arch formations that are unnamed and remain a secret having been photographed by only a few photographers.
Valley of Fire is 35 miles NE of Las Vegas and has camping for tents and RV’s. Temperatures are wonderful in the winter for those from snow country and pretty darn hot in the summer.
If you are looking for new SW locations, Valley of Fire is certainly worth a visit.
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