Every time I step into a national or state park, a wave of excitement hits me. I have this thing for rocks in general, and The Rock (but I’m straying from the topic). Valley of Fire has been on my list for a while now. It’s only an hour away from Las Vegas and definitely worth the drive. The entrance fee is $10 which goes towards the maintenance and preservation of the park. The area is approximately 42,000 acres and filled with awe-inspiring sandstone formations from millions of years ago.
There is something quite humbling being in the presence of untainted beauty. It gives a more balanced perspective on life, nourishes your soul and strips you down to the bare essentials. I call it free therapy. There are several points of interest throughout Valley of Fire. The 4 hiking trails are between 3/4 mile to 1.5 miles long. Each trail will take you an hour or less depending on distance. The visitor center usually has an exhibit and will provide you with all the information you need about the park especially if you would like to go camping.
There is a metal staircase that leads to the cool Petroglyphs which, unfortunately, are somewhat covered by graffiti. Yes, it’s sad that someone would vandalize a great piece of history. However, the panoramic view from the top is stunning.
Just a few tips before you go.
1. Please make sure to have a full tank of gas before entering the park.
2. Bring lots of bottled water – if you’re hiking.
3. Bring and use the sunscreen
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5. I highly recommend good hiking shoes. The one I use is the Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot. The soles have a good grip for different kinds of harsh terrain. I had to run down from a steep hill once because I thought I was being chased by a coyote. I didn’t slip at all. It’s comfortable and protects my ankles. Please check my Amazon Affiliate Disclosure
So, what are you waiting for? Book your next trip to Valley of Fire State Park now.