A day tour at valley of fire state park in Nevada

A day tour at valley of fire state park in Nevada

Fire valley day tour from Vegas

For my last full day in Vegas, we would take the car and go at the Valley of Fire, a state park in Nevada's desert, that must be visited by card, as it is so big that it would take days to walk around, and wouldn't anyway be possible in the heat.

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A day tour at valley of fire state park in Nevada : Valley of fire map with points of interest
A day tour at valley of fire state park in Nevada : Valley of fire map with points of interest

How far is valley of fire from Las Vegas

Starting from the South of Vegas, it took us about 2 hours to get to the entrance of the valley of fire state park.

Starting with a long portion of our drive on the speedway, on which we would go along the rain tracks, we quickly left Las Vegas and avoided most of the traffic jams.

After leaving the highway, and ending up on some bumpy roads, we were actually on for quite a ride, as the road has some big drops that are not always easy to anticipate.

However, the drive is pretty easy and the road is in good condition.

Entering valley of fire state park

Once we passed the welcome sign, the landscape starting to change a lot, to offer much more colors in the park than we could see before getting there.

A toll at the entrance asks for a 10$ fee per car to enter the park, which is pretty cheap considering how big the park is, it is very easy to spend a day or more there.

Beehives in valley of fire

We make our first stop at the beehive part of the park.

It is actually named liked that because some rocks, which are pretty huge, look like beehives.

The rocks are huge, and I wonder if we can just walk around wherever we like, question to which the answer is yes.

We spend some time there, taking the opportunity to climb on some rocks, go under some other, admire the scenery all around, and take even more pictures.

The whole place is so beautiful, it is hard to understand how these gold or red rocks are there on top of a brownish ground, with a lot of green desert herbs and cactus, surrounded by smaller gray rocks.

After spending some time there, we take the car to visit our next stop in the park, further down the road, for which we have to go up the mountain.

Exploring the valley of fire

For our next stop, we will have to walk a bit, as the interesting rocks are not visible from the road.

After leaving the car and the start of our walk, we see a huge rock that looks like kind of an elephant.

We wonder if that is actually the elephant rock, which we have heard about, and planned to go to see, but is supposed to be at another place.

It appeared that it is not the elephant rock. Well, it does seem like one anyway.

We continue walking, and are now stepping on sandy ground.

Like everywhere in the park, the whole surroundings are beautiful, and worthy to be appearing in a beautiful picture.

Most of the interesting things to see in that actually necessitates to take an hour long trek, for which we don't have enough time, as we are expecting to go to some event later that night.

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We hop back in the car, and continue our drive in direction of the fire waves.

Fire wave rocks in the desert

After a road that is a little long, we arrive at the stop to see the fire wave, for which it is again necessary to step out of the car and walk a little while.

Right next to the parking, there is huge rock, or maybe a mountain, around which we have to go to be able to see the fire wave.

Once there, we can see them in the background, and they remind me of what I'd seen in the rainbow mountain in Peru.

On the way back, I start to look a little bit more at the nature on the ground, and less at the rocks around and the mountains in the back.

And I notice that there is actually a lot of cactus everywhere around, that I haven't seen before.

We go back up next to the parking, and admire the view around, as we are standing on higher ground with an amazing point of view.

Time to head back in the car, in direction of some petrified wood. On the way, we will pass next to the seven sisters, a group of 7 huge stones.

Petrified log in the park

Stopping to see a petrified log, we have to climb up a small hill to be able to see a huge petrified log, with some explanation around.

The tree that we can see actually comes from a forest that existed 150 million years ago, and was turned into stone.

Amazing mother nature.

It is a little bit possible to touch the log by passing an arm under the grilling, but however it isn't much exciting. Touching the log feels like touching stone.

We then head to the last stop in the park for the day, elephant's rock.

Elephant rock near park exit

The elephant rock is right next to the park exit towards Lake Mead, and we stop there to see the rock.

Well, there is a huge rock next to the place, and some signs might mean that this is elephant's rock... but it doesn't look like an elephant at all.

We walk a bit further, thinking that there is another rock that actually is elephant rock, but can't find any evidence of that.

Another group of people was wondering the same, is that big rock the elephant rock?

We will never know, but took the car and head back to town through the East road passing near Lake Mead - we arrived in the park from the West.

Salsa night in Vegas

On the way back, we will be able to have a glimpse at Lake Mead, and also at lake Vegas, getting closer to the city, but no time to stop or to visit them.

This is because night is already coming, and we still have to eat dinner and get ready before joining a salsa dancing night.

It will take place at a bar in town, and was a good way to end this stay in Vegas with a party feeling.

Thanks to my friend for hosting me and making my stay awesome!

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