Quick History Break: Valley of Fire was dedicated in 1935 and is Nevada’s oldest state park. Located about 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and is just a few miles west of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Valley of Fire got it’s name from the red sandstone formations that formed as the result of shifting sand dunes about 150 million years ago (during the age of the dinosaurs).
Drive to the West Entrance
One of the things I love most about Valley of Fire is the drive from Interstate 15 to the West Entrance of the park. As I made this drive on a weekday morning, there was hardly any traffic and provided me the opportunity to stop for photos often. Who doesn’t love that!?
As soon as you drop over the mountains you are greeted with a stunning vista of bright reds and desert shadows. If you continue driving the main road through the park you will eventually end up near the visitors center, which has information on (and living specimens of) native wildlife, historical information, a gift shop, water, snacks, and restrooms (always important).
The area around the Beehives is quite beautiful. Not only can you get really close to the formations, but there is plenty of climbing opportunities! You don’t even need to be a skilled rock climber, there natural topography makes it easy for visitors to wander through the beehives and near bye formations. There are some great photo opportunities just a few feet from the parking lot, so be sure to get out of the car and explore! Note: If you plan on doing some climbing, I highly recommend taking a bottle of water along as the heat should not be messed with!
Arch Rock Scenic Loop
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