Road Trip! Valley of Fire State Park

Play tourist for a day and join us for several short hikes in one of our best state parks, just an hour North of Las Vegas.  Valley of Fire is aptly named for its red sandstone mountains and valleys, and a bit like our local Red Rock park, but ten times bigger and redder!  Most people drive through the park and only get out of their cars long enough to take a few photos, but I'd like to share some of my favorite spots further along the walking trails.

First we'll hike to Mouse's Tank and see dozens of ancient petroglyphs along the sandy wash. Then drive over to Rainbow Vista, where we'll cross the desert gazing gorgeous multicolor sandstone, and down a gravel wash to a cliff that hangs above the deepest red Fire Canyon. Next we'll travel to White Dome picnic area to share lunch, and descend the rock stairs past an historic movie set, through a towering slot canyon. Our last spot will be the Visitors Center & Natural History Museum, though you're welcome to stop on your way out to see Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock, or Elephant Rock.  None of these hikes are difficult, but you can expect to walk about 3-4 miles total.  Kids are welcome if they can handle the distance, and sorry no pets.

COST: The park charges $8 per car to enter, and you're driving 60 miles each way, plus wear & tear, and vacuuming out the sand ... so everyone should split the cost in their carpool. My suggestion is $8 per person (and a dollar to support our Meetup is always welcome.)

CARPOOL: Meet at the Cannery at 10am, where we'll figure out carpools and get on the road around 10:15.  We'll be back by dinner.

BRING: 2 liters of water, energy snacks, lunch (for yourself or I prefer potluck style), hat, sunblock, sunglasses, comfy walking shoes, camera, and cash.  I'm hoping for sunny weather in the high 60's, but dress in layers for warmth when we're in the shade.  (Weather)

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  • Cynthia D.

    A park so nice, we drove through twice!

    Thanks for joining the adventure and keeping your spirits up despite the traffic jam. I loved the variety of trails we got in, and hope everyone will think of their aches tomorrow as "good pain" ;)

    2 · March 10, 2013

  • Cynthia D.

    Remember tonight is Daylight Saving Time, spring forward! See you at 10am at Cannery for carpools.

    The park rangers are hosting talks and tours tomorrow, so I'm glad the group shrunk so we don't max out the trails. I will try to avoid them mostly, but might join in for the Visitor Presentation that afternoon. :-)

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we be getting back to Vegas or leaving Valley of Fire at 5 pm?

    March 9, 2013

  • Amy

    Have fun.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am still on the wait list, but see there are 2 available slots from the comments. Please let me know if I can attend. Thanks!

    March 8, 2013

  • Jo R.

    I now only have one guest which opens up a spot, but it doesn't seem to let me change that info in the RSVP...

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For the moment it's a yes but it also depends on the weather for that day

    March 8, 2013

  • Don

    Have a good trip; I've got a chance to go play in the snow.

    March 8, 2013

  • Bruce

    Not looking good-- just too much work to do. Better to open it up to waitlisters than hold on to the spot in hopes I can make it.

    March 7, 2013

  • Debbie G.

    Sorry but I have to work this weekend.

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. Got family in town.

    March 4, 2013

  • Judylynn J

    Thx

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, wont be able to make this after all. I see there is a waiting list. I hope you all enjoy!

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be our first time with you all. Sounds so fun!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. Will need to carpool if anyone has room?

    February 12, 2013

  • Jo R.

    Sounds great - am free that weekend and have been wanting to get here for a while... :)

    February 12, 2013

  • selena

    Been wanting to visit this place since we moved here, can't wait!

    February 12, 2013

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