Valley of Fire

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.   IMG_2542




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.



At our next stop in the park we found prehistoric petroglyphs.  We enjoyed trying to figure out what these symbols tell us about the past.  Even Cloe enjoyed the day.  What a fun dog friendly place.IMG_2682


We then hiked on a trail through the White Domes.  IMG_2647



Arch rock is one of the most interesting formations in the park.IMG_2715

After we had lunch we decided to stop by and see some petrified trees.IMG_2722


What a great way to spend a day.  Hiking through such beauty.  Thanks so much Shannon for you recommendation!IMG_2727


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  1. Shannon


    I’m so glad that your family made it there! It looks like you took full advantage of the park, too! 🙂 When I lived in Vegas, my 3 dogs and myself hiked off trail there every weekend. Amazing space! Thanks for sharing your experience!


  2. We love Valley of Fire! It looks like you had a great time 🙂

  3. Eddie & Mom

    Arch Rock reminds me of arches we saw at Arches National Park in Utah when we traveled there a few years ago. The color even looks similar. Sure is beautiful!

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