After three days at Death Valley National Park it was sadly time to move on. Thanksgiving is when peak season starts and the caravan of vehicles and RV’s approaching the park as I was leaving confirmed that. I decided to once again camp at Red Rock outside Las Vegas and woke up to the most stunning sunrise.
Then I headed to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. As you are driving north on I-15 after leaving Las Vegas you will see a sign “Valley of Fire.” It is only about an hour drive from Las Vegas and the road also takes you to Overton and Lake Mead. The name Valley of Fire says it all. The red rock is incredible and in the right light it literally looks like it’s on fire. This is a great place to hike, have a picnic, just drive around and is suitable for all ages. No matter where I went the scenery was amazing.
Since pictures speak louder than words here are a few photos I took to give you an idea of how beautiful this area is.
As you can see I had an amazing day at Valley of Fire State Park. The only thing that clouded the day was that I had to stop an adult from doing vandalism. I luckily managed to stop this person half way trying to engrave a name into a historic rock but the damage was already done. It was heartbreaking to see an adult use such poor judgement. Remember, state parks, national monuments, national parks and other public lands are part of the Native American history as well as others and full of artifacts such as rockart. Any tampering is considered vandalism of state and federal property. Let’s protect and take care of these treasures so that future generations can enjoy them too.
I hope you visit Valley of Fire State Park next time you go to Las Vegas or if you are just in the area. It’s definitely worth it!