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Located about an hour away from The Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park is one of Nevada's best attractions. The compact park offers stunning, colorful landscapes and fantastic hiking, making it one of the top destinations for outdoor adventure in Las Vegas. Many agree that if visitors only have time to experience one park, the Valley of Fire State Park is the one to prioritize.
Known for its diverse and dramatic landscapes, the Valley of Fire State Park is considered one of the best state parks in the United States. Visitors flock here to enjoy over 40,000 acres of unique stone formations and colorful, swirling rock hills. The 2,000-year-old petroglyphs are another highlight in the park.
Most daytrippers make the visitor center their first stop in the park, where there are exhibits on the ecology, geology, and history of the park and the surrounding region. Park rangers also offer helpful guidance about the available hiking trails and the best natural sites to explore. Many of the hikes are short enough to accomplish a few in one day. Fire Wave Hike is probably the most popular walk in the park. This 1.2-mile out-and-back trail starts from a parking lot and takes visitors through colorful landscapes with stunning vista views. It takes about one hour to complete this hike.
The Valley of Fire State Park has two campground sites located in between the red sandstone hills with 72 total spaces available. The Atlatl campground has about 20 RV spots with water and power.
Consider visiting the Valley of Fire State Park in the morning when the temperatures are cooler, and the opportunity to see wildlife is greater. Hikers will also see fewer people out on the trails. Many hikers recommend wearing old, sturdy footwear because the sandy, red dirt will stain your shoes.
Before you head out to the park, stock up on water, food, and sunscreen. There's only one small shop available on-site, which operates when the visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cell phone coverage is almost non-existent, but the best service can be found at the White Domes and the park entrances.
The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. However, there is 24-hour access to the campsite. The entrance fee is $10 per vehicle. Upon entry, a park ranger will provide a map that directs guests to the best attractions and picnic areas within the state park.
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