What’s your kind of adventure? If you love exploring outdoors, then you might want to check out the Valley of Fire State Park!
In a nutshell, the Valley of Fire State Park is a recreational area recognized globally for its 40, 000 acres of red rock formations that are made from Aztec sandstone. It is also Nevada’s first state park!
NEVADA’s FIRST STATE PARK
Let’s know more about the history of the park, shall we? The history of the park dates back to around 2, 500 years ago when the pre-ancestral Puebloans lived in the area. One proof of their occupation is the petroglyphs carved on the rocks. They were succeeded by the Early Puebloans after a few years.
In 1865, the North American Indian group called Paiutes resided in the area. The Mormons also arrived in a nearby location. Agricultural activities such as ranching and farming as well as mining took place.
In 1912, the people built a rough road, which is the same road that allows visitors to travel through the Valley of Fire today. The rough road was a part of the Arrowhead trail that bridges Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
During the 1920s, there were three important events in the history of the park that happened. First, an AAA official traveling the valley through the sunset said that it looked like it was on fire, hence how the park got its name. Second, people started to recognize the recreational potential of the area. And third, the State of Nevada received 8, 500 acres of federal public domain.
In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps worked on the first facilities and campgrounds of the park.
In 1934, the Valley of Fire was recognized as Nevada’s first State Park. However, Nevada State Legislature gave the legal designation to the park only by 1935. From then on, the park has grown into more than 40, 000 acres of red rock formations.
If you want to know more about the park, check out the Visitor Center. It offers exhibits on the prehistory, history, geology, and ecology of the park and nearby areas.
SOME ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO IN THE PARK
There are a bunch of things you can do in the park. Some of them are as follows:
There are three places in the park where you can camp alone or with your loved ones. They are the campgrounds, RV sites, and group areas.
There are a total of 72 campsites in the two campgrounds in the park. They include shaded tables, grills, water, restrooms, dump stations, and shower. The park follows a first-come, first-served basis regarding who can camp. It also enforces a camping limit of 14 days within a 30-day duration.
Want to stay in the RV sites? Good news! They have power and water hookups you can utilize. On the other hand, there are three group areas available. Each of them can accommodate up to 45 people. Note, however, that there’s limited parking space.
The group areas can also be available for picnicking upon reservation. Call the park if you are interested.
Apart from the group areas, there are also shaded areas with restrooms where you can hold a picnic. It includes the Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse’s Tank Trailhead, and White Domes.
In a family blog called the Earth Trekkers, author Julie revealed two hiking spots she and her family enjoyed the most during their experience of the Valley of Fire. They are as follows:
- The Fire Wave
The white and red zebra print on the sandstone in the Fire Wave is worth a camera shot! Going back and forth the area denotes a total of 1.5 miles.
- White Domes
White Domes is a challenging 1.25-mile loop hike. The trail is going down from the beginning and going up to the end.
For more suggestions on hikes available in the park, call the Visitor Center.
The main road called Mouse’s Tank Road allows you to witness amazing scenery of rock formations from the seat of your car. You can see pink, red, and orange sandstone! Other beautiful spots to visit as per the same blog are Beehives and Pink Canyon.
VALLEY OF FIRE WEATHER
Winter temperature ranges from freezing to 75˚F. Summer temperatures usually exceed 100˚F and may even reach 120˚F. Several people prefer and recommend visiting the park during Spring and Fall.
Get away from the bustle for a while. The Valley of Fire State Park is open all-year-round! Yes, it’s open 365 days from sunrise to sunset. If you’re camping overnight, you cannot go to other areas besides your campsite after the sun goes down.
The entrance fee for day use is $10 per vehicle. It’s $20 per night for those who’ll go camping. If you’ll camp in sites with utility hookups, there’s an additional fee of $10.