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!