Nevada is an adventurers’ paradise, in particular for hikers, with everything from casual strolls to alpine scrambles. The magnificent Valley of Fire State Park is one of these must-see attractions in Las Vegas. It is the largest and oldest state park in dazzling Nevada. The amazing park is a great day excursion from Las Vegas if tourists want to get some fresh air while they are in Sin City. The beautifully colored sandstone structures, the distinctive fire wave, and thousands of years of history are all popular attractions here. Here are 10 things to know before visiting Nevada’s Valley of Fire.

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10 Visit Time

Tourists can visit the marvelous Valley of Fire State Park at any time of year, but the summer is particularly hot! As a result, October to April is the optimum time to discover the state park. As for the time, it opens from dawn to dusk. Therefore, people can get there early to watch the great sunrise, or they can wait till afternoon to contemplate the mesmerizing sunset. During hot months, it is recommended to avoid hiking at noon due to the bright sun and heat.

9 Entrance Fee

The entrance fee to the Valley of Fire State Park is very affordable, and it is $10 or $15 per vehicle for a day. Moreover, the park offers its visitors an opportunity to camp for an extra $10 or $15 for the campsite spot. The excellent news also is that Valley of Fire is pet friendly. People can bring with them their dogs in condition to keep them on leash.

8 How To Get To Valley Of Fire

The park has only a single main road, which tourists will find easy to navigate. The Valley of Fire Scenic Byway runs a little less than 11 miles (17.7 Km) between the west and east gates of Valley of Fire State Park. The perfect way to reach there is by renting a car. Tourists have also the option to take a day excursion from Las Vegas to go there. Unfortunately, public transport is not available in the area.

  • Location: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040, United States

7 Valley Of Fire Internal Roads

Valley of Fire State Park is divided into two parts by two main roads. The park’s entrances are located on the Valley of Fire Highway, which runs west to east. On the other hand, Mouse's Tank Road leads north from the helpful Visitor Center towards the park's center. This is the park's most beautiful area.

6 Dressing Appropriately

Several of the hiking trails, in particular the Fire Wave, provide very little to no shade. Therefore, sunscreen, caps, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes are all recommended. Nonetheless, some of the shaded hikes can be extremely cold, particularly after summer. During the cooler months, it is better to put some layers on; such as a thin long sleeve shirt with a light jacket or sweater to keep cool.

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5 Food And Drinks

Hikers must bring food with them and keep hydrated especially since there is no restaurant in the park. With the hot weather and a long day ahead of them, it's critical to bring lots of water and snacks. Despite the fact that each hike appears to be short and easy, the warm heat and sand will have them hunting for water the entire trip.

4 Needed Time To Tour The Wonderful Valley of Fire

To explore the park and see all its bewitching landscapes, tourists will need at least a couple of hours. Generally, between 4 and 8 hours, it all depends on the hiking trails they take or if they decided to tour it only by car. It is recommended to spend a full day exploring the area to get the most out of the visit, but there is much more to see if tourists have two days and can camp there.

3 Best 5 Hiking Trails

Hikers can choose different trails to walk. Some of them are easy while others are harder and longer. Each trek has its own beauty and is surrounded by marvelous landscapes. The first must-see trail leads to the Elephant Rock and is 0.25-mile (0.4 Km) long. The second one is the Mouse’s Tank which ends at a natural rock basin. As for the Rainbow Vista, it offers visitors a hypnotic view at its end. The length of the previous two trails is 1 mile (1.6 Km). The White Dome Loop’s distance is merely bigger, 1.25 miles (2 Km). This trek is the most difficult in the park since it includes a drop at the start and a climb at the conclusion, but every step is worth it. Finally, the Seven Wonders Trail, with the views that it offers of both the Pink Canyon and Fire Wave, combines the greatest landscape into one walk. It's a 2.3-mile (3.7-kilometer) trek that takes 1 to 2 hours to finish.

2 Must-See Places

The fabulous places, that should not be missed while visiting this magnificent state park and where the best photos can be taken, including Seven Sisters, Fire Wave, Pink Canyon, Mouse’s Tank, The Elephant Rock, Fire Cave, White Domes, and Atlatl Rock.

1 Accessibility

The exceptional Valley of Fire State Park is accessible to all people without exceptions. An ADA-compliant campsite and a short sand-lined trail to Mouse's Tank are among the easily reachable areas of Valley of Fire by wheelchairs making the shared experience more pleasurable and beautiful.