Saturday, April 25, 2015

Valley of Fire State Park

Posted from TT-Las Vegas, NV     (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

On Thursday we took a drive north of Las Vegas to Valley of Fire State Park.  It was approximately 55 miles from TT and an easy drive up I-15, then a short drive to the western entrance of the park.


Just inside the entrance is a "warning" sign to anyone who might be thinking of taking their drone along to do some video work.

A plaque near the Visitor's Center reveals that the Valley of Fire State Park was Nevada's first state park and was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1934.  The work of the CCC began construction projects here in 1933.

We chose Thursday as the weather was nice, temps only in the high 70s.  The park trails were not crowded at all.  Our first stop was in an area called Rainbow Vista


Because we haven't been hiking in some time now, we decided to only hike a few of the shorter trails.  Even the shorter trails reveal beautiful landscapes.  There have been quite a few movies produced in the park throughout the years.

This is all that remains of a set from the movie The Professionals filmed in 1965. 


The next couple of pictures are along the White Domes trail.  I love the striations and colors of the rocks in this park.


Does anyone else see "the face" in this rock, or had I been walking too long without taking a drink of water?


We next took a short hike down the Waves of Fire trail.  


These little guys were very prevalent along the trails.  They were actually fairly curious and would sit still watching us for a short while.


These formations near the end of the trail are one of the reasons the trail is named as such.


We stopped for lunch in this area.  

The last area we had time to visit today was named Mouse's Tank (Petroglyph Canyon).
The area got the name from an outlaw in the 1890s who used the area for a hideout.  A "tank" is a natural basin formed in the rocks where rainwater can be collected.  I will say that the "tank" area was completely dry and not very impressive to look at (thus no picture).

What was a lot more impressive were the petroglyphs observed in the canyon walls. Here's the wall from a distance and a bit of a closer shot. 


A closer view



 One more petroglyph for one of our readers who I know enjoys them.


Closer view again
It would take a couple of days to hike all of the trails and see all that is possible to see in this park.  There are also a couple of campgrounds within the park and one of them would be suitable for larger trailers and MHs.  Water and electric (plus a dump station) are available at the campground.

This blog's pictures only represent a small sampling of the pictures we took during our day in the park.  If interested in viewing some of the others please click on my Google+ link.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!



7 comments:

  1. Glad to see you guys back on the road and blogging.

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  2. Glad to see the NPS is taking a strong stand against drones, people using them can be so thoughtless. Some idiot crashed his drone into one of Yellowstone's hot springs, no way to get it out and it will contaminate the pristine waters. Plus, who wants to hear the noise of those things? I give a hearty applause to the NPS.

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    1. Paul, this is a state park, so the NPS has no jurisdiction, but I understand what you're saying. (Hey, that my be scary in itself!) LOL

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  3. Valley of Fire is a absolutely beautiful state park. The formations seem to change color throughout the day so if you see something in the morning it can look totally different in the afternoon.

    When we were there last spring they were filming a car commercial on the curvy road and had the State Patrol blocking the road. When they were done they would not let us through until the car they used was totally covered in a tarp so we could not see what it was.

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    1. No film crews today, but you are certainly correct about the changing colors of the rocks. This is a truly beautiful park.

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  4. I enjoyed the Park very much, thanks!

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  5. Ah yes ... beautiful Valley of Fire, although it was too hot to do much hiking when we were there oh so long ago ... like 30 years or so. I can see the man in the rock, too.

    Just had someone fly a drone over us the other day as we sat with friends at their site on GWRVR . It was very out of place, and seemed a bit invasive, too, since it stopped right over us. There were several passengers in Antarctica who came with their drones ... they were not allowed to fly them as if they crashed somewhere and were irretrievable, they would have marred the pristine environment ... not to mention how the penguins might have reacted to what they perceive as a big bird flying into get their eggs and chicks!

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