Valley of Fire State Park

  • By Chasity Zamora
  • 15 Feb, 2013
Most people who visit Las Vegas know about Red Rock Canyon, which offers great hikes within half an hour of the strip. However the Valley of Fire State Park always seems to get overlooked. If you are prepared to take about a one hour trip away from the strip you’ll find yourself in the magic that is Valley of Fire!
Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. In this low desert you will experience the vibrant and colorful sandstone formations that make this park so unique. The gorgeous sandstone formations can appear to be on fire while reflecting the sun’s rays which gave the park it's name.
During sunset the vibrant colors of the sandstone contrast with the ever changing colors of the desert sky, creating a miraculous scene to witness. This is by far one of my favorite places to visit, hike, and camp. You may even run into some wildlife on your trip to Valley of Fire. Bighorn sheep, snakes, and geckos camouflage easily in this desert. Nema and I have been lucky enough to explore these lands a few times before, and this sure won't be the last.

Before the sun set we stopped to take some photos and squeezed in a quick shoot. I felt like a true desert gypsy running and giggling barefoot on the beautiful colored earth. We are both looking forward to heading back soon!

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By Nema Saadaie 14 Jul, 2014
Growing up we were blessed with many river trips - everything from Laughlin, to Needles, Blythe and Lake Havasu. As teenagers and young adults we always fantasized about making the infamous river run - Laughlin to Lake Havasu by water. None of the parents were up for such an audacious adventure - there were just too many things that could go wrong. And who wants to ride a boat for 2 hours each way anyway? Now that I'm getting older the thought actually seems quite brutal.

Due to the large fuel tanks that boats have I knew it was easily possible for a boat to make the river run on a single tank of gas. Playing it safe some boats would be advised to pull over and get gas at one of the various refueling stations, but most boats can make the trip with ease. Again though, who wants to really spend that amount of time bouncing around on a boat?

On a jet ski I thought... now we're talking!
By Nema Saadaie 13 May, 2013
Laughlin, Nevada was often times the destination of choice for my family growing up. One good night in the old Flamingo casino and my Dad was hooked - we were all pretty hooked actually. Miniature golf outside by the river, endless amounts of good food at the buffets, the water, it was always a good time. You would find me and my (then) seven year old brother in an arcade on most nights while my parents enjoyed the casino. Bad parents - I know! I joke with them how times have changed.

Throughout the numerous visits to Laughlin we would watch boats and jet skis run up and down the river from our hotel rooms. I always wondered what it would be like to get on one of "those things."

Then, one day it happened..

I had just turned 12 years old and a good friend of mine from the soccer team invited us all out to Laughlin for a family get-together. It's funny how you remember certain moments in life so vividly. I remember showing up to Lake Mojave (10-minutes from Laughlin), waiting for a bit as the adults and older kids got their turn, and then somehow.. someway.. my friend's Mom handed me the key to the jet ski. Patty was always the coolest - completely trusted all of us. I pretended I knew exactly what I was doing, nodded confidently at several instructions I was given, and off I went. Rather, off we went, because along came my younger brother. Bad parents! :)

And the love affair with me and the jet ski was surely on...
By Chasity Zamora 15 Feb, 2013
Most people who visit Las Vegas know about Red Rock Canyon, which offers great hikes within half an hour of the strip. However the Valley of Fire State Park always seems to get overlooked. If you are prepared to take about a one hour trip away from the strip you’ll find yourself in the magic that is Valley of Fire!
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