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)