Visiting the Valley of Fire State Park

valley of fire dry campingBrainstorming for a place to visit in Nevada? Look no further than the Valley of Fire State Park. Situated within an hour of Las Vegas, it’s an easy drive for those hoping to get away from all the people and lights of Sin City.

Bring Lots of Water and Sunscreen

True to its name, the Valley of Fire is burning hot. Therefore, it’s critical to stay hydrated while visiting the park. Bring lots of water and drink frequently. Also, put on your sunscreen to avoid sunburn.

Stop by the Visitor’s Center

Before beginning your exploration of the park, make a stop at the visitor’s center. Get a map of the park. Then if you have enough time to spare, check out the exhibits, to learn more about the park you’re about to enter.

Hiking and Photography at the Valley of Fire State Park

petroglyphsWhen visiting the Valley of Fire, the two activities that reign supreme are hiking and taking pictures. However, it’s probably best to combine both activities, since you’ll be able to get the best snapshots while hiking. Don’t forget your digital camera! A DSLR camera with high def video is a perfect hiking companion!

If you’re traveling with your family, then a good hiking trail would be the Mouse’s Tank Trail, at just 0.7 miles long. Mouse Tank has interesting petroglyphs on its red sandstone walls, and it’s both manageable and challenging enough for most people. In the spring, the best time to visit, Mouse Tank is full of beautiful and exotic wildflowers. However, if you’re in the mood for a bigger challenge, you won’t be disappointed. The trail on Old Arrowhead Road is 6.8 miles long, and it is definitely not meant for those new to hiking. Whichever hike you ultimately decide to do within the park, just make sure to continually sip on your water, and don’t forget your digital camera, for memories of a lifetime.

Spend the Night at the Park

valley of fireThe Valley of Fire has two convenient RV campgrounds for those hoping to spend the night. One campground has full hookups, and a less expensive campground has dry camping, with communal water and bathrooms. There is also a dump station. You can also tent and car camp there. For the avid hiker, this means you’ll have more time for hiking explorations, and digital photography. Just don’t forget your flashlight if you’re staying out late, and watch out for the coyotes!

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