When we decided to make a stop in Las Vegas to see the Hoover Dam, a friend suggested we go to the Valley of Fire State Park. We drove northeast for about an hour. The Valley of Fire gets its name from the red sandstone formations. Our first stop was the visitor center. We learned how the landscape was formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. Uplifting and faulting , followed by extreme erosion have created this unique landscape.
We stopped at Rainbow vista to view multi-colored sandstone. Then hiked on to Fire Canyon to see the deep red sandstone. It is just incredible to see these formations emerge from the seemingly gray stone in the surrounding area.