The Valley of Fire takes its name from the striking red colors of the rock formations of this area. These were originally sand dunes that became fossilized when dinosaurs still roamed the earth around 150 million years ago.
Given its location next to Lake Mead, 54 miles to the northeast of Las Vegas, it is a popular area for weekend outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and picnics.
Among the wildlife that can be found in this region are various species of reptiles, snakes, coyotes, foxes and smaller mammals.
Visiting the Valley of Fire
The best way to begin any tour of the park is by visiting the visitors center where, besides getting practical information, you can visit its small museum to learn more about the geology, ecology, and history of the region.
Within the different zones of the park, the most recommended ones are those that cover the northern part – Mouse’s Tank, Rainbow Vista, and White Domes. Along the main route through the area, you cannot miss Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock, and Seven Sisters.
The beautiful, photogenic landscapes of this region have been chosen as the setting for many blockbuster films such as Transformers and Total Recall.
If you have a car and a morning free, visiting the Valley of Fire is one of the best things you can do on your trip to Las Vegas. The color, the rock formations, and the principal road journey through the park are well worth seeing.
We strongly advise those that plan to travel by car to set off with a full tank of petrol.