Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

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Valley of Fire State Park

Nevada

(702) 397-2088

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Overview

Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year.

Map of Valley of Fire (NV)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.516535, -114.526634

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Resident birds include the raven, house finch, sage sparrow, and roadrunner. Many migrant birds also pass through the park.

  • Camping

    Additional fees are charged for the use of these areas and is payable at the campgrounds. All campsites are first come, first serve. There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 73 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water, and restrooms. An additional fee is charged for the use of the area and is payable at the campground. A dump station and showers are available. RV Camping includes sites with power and water hookups. There are three group areas, each accommodating up to 45 persons. They are available for overnight camping and picnicking by reservation only. Advance reservations are required.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing is limited to specific areas in the park. Inquire at the visitor center.

  • Hiking

    Many intriguing hikes are available to visitors. Inquire at the visitor center for suggestions on day hikes of varying length and terrain.

  • Historic Sites

    The visitor center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of the park and the nearby region.

    Outstanding examples of ancient Indian rock art or petroglyphs, including a depiction of the atlatl (at'-lat-l), a notched stick used to throw primitive spears. The atlatl was a predecessor to the bow and arrow. The adjacent Atlatl Rock Campground provides a modern restroom and shower building. Mouse's Tank is named for a renegade Indian who used the area as a hideout in the 1890's. It is a natural basin in the rock where water collects after rainfalls, sometimes remaining for months. A half-mile round trip trail leads to Mouse's Tank from the trail head parking area, passing numerous examples of prehistoric Indian petroglyphs. Fascinating red rock formations called the Seven Sisters are easily accessible from the road. Picnic areas provide a relaxing stop during your Valley tour.

  • Picnicking

    Shaded areas with restrooms are located at Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse's Tank trail head and White Domes.

  • RVing

    RV campsites with power and water hookups are available. A $10 surcharge is added to the regular camping fee for the use of these sites. There is also a dump station.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Most desert animals are nocturnal and not frequently seen by the passing motorist. Many species of lizards and snakes are common in the park, as well as the coyote, kit fox, spotted skunk, black tailed jackrabbit, and antelope ground squirrel.

    The desert tortoise is a rare species and is protected by state law. If you are lucky enough to come across one please leave this likeable and harmless creature to live its life in peace in its own environment.

Seasonality/Weather

Winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and may reach 120 degrees. Summer temperatures can vary widely from day to night. Average annual rainfall is four inches, coming in the form of light winter showers and summer thunderstorms. Spring and fall are the preferred seasons for visitation. In addition, snow rarely falls at Valley of Fire State Park.

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Directions

Driving

Valley of Fire State Park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(702) 397-2088

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