Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest State Park, dedicated in 1935. The sand dunes and brilliant formations of eroded sandstone are the centerpiece of the park's attractions. On a cloudless day the sun's reflection off the formations make them appear to be on fire.
The creation of this region is due to the uplifting and faulting, followed by extensive erosion. Sandstone does not make for the only formations in the part, there are other important rock formations including conglomerates, shale, and limestone too.
The Basket Maker people were the prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire and then later the farmers of the Anasazi Pueblo from nearby Moapa Valley. Examples of their rock art can be found at several sites throughout the park.
With an elevation between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, the climate conditions of the Valley of Fire is typically low desert. This means that the highs during the winter months are mild with the lows being cold. However, the summer daytime highs can easily exceed 100 degrees and the lows can be just as miserable. So try to plan your trip during the spring, fall or winter. The state park abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the juncture of the Virgin River.
Notice my wife as the tiny spec waving from atop the cliff in the picture above. We did this to show just how hard it is to capture the scope and depth and size of these incredible formations.
Campsites have grills, shaded picnic tables, water and restrooms and all on a first come first serve basis. RV sites have electricity and water hookups. A dump station and showers are available. Due the fragile nature of the desert you are only allowed to camp in designated campground sites.
Travel 55 miles north of Las Vegas or 95 miles south of St. George, Utah to visit Valley of Fire Nevada. Additional information on another fun place to explore around Las Vegas, Lake Mead Nevada.