Valley of Fire State Park isn’t just the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, it’s also one of the most impressive. With incredible sandstone formations created when dinosaurs roamed, remnants of prehistoric locals and unparalleled vistas, this is one Silver State experience you can’t miss. Visitors to the southern end of the state will find Valley of Fire State Park about 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas and just six miles from Lake Mead.
Those hoping to discover more about the valley’s history will find a great visitor center that features comprehensive interpretive displays and exhibits with information on local ecology, geology and prehistory. A wander through the park’s many fascinating trails will take visitors past incredible formations like Atlatl Rock, which features truly amazing examples of ancient Indian petroglyphs, the White Domes, sandstone formations known for their brilliantly contrasting color, and many other fascinating sights. Both day and overnight visitors can enjoy Valley of Fire State Park, as it boasts several campground selections for a combined total of 73 campsites. RV camping is available.
There are also three group areas that will accommodate up to 45 people. Picnickers will do well at the park as well. Shady picnic spots with nearby restrooms can be found at Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, White Dome and the Cabins, which are historic stone structures built with native sandstone in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Hiking Elevation: 1,500' to 3,000'
Getting There: Valley of Fire State Park is 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via I-15 and State Route 169.
Mouse's Tank: This interpretive trail leads to petroglyphs and several natural water tanks amid the sandstone formations. The area is named for Mouse, a Paiute Indian, who in 1897 was suspected of a number of crimes and retreated here to avoid capture.
Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Fire Canyon - Silica Dome: This trail has good views of the Virgin Mountains, the sheep Creek Range, the White Domes and the Muddy Mountains.
Distance: Two miles round trip
White Domes: Scenic trail to the Whites Domes area, where the white sandstone provides a sharp contrast to the surrounding red.
Distance: Seven miles round trip