How to Hike the Fire Wave Valley of Fire State Park

Most people who visit Las Vegas know about Red Rock Canyon, which offers some great hikes within half an hour of the strip. But if you’re willing to drive an hour away, you’ll find yourself in the magical Valley of Fire State Park!

Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Other than Red Rock, which is part of Vegas, it’s our go-to spot to take visitors from out of town. We’ve been a lot since it’s so convenient, and we’re still surprised when we find new spots to explore in the park.

The first major sites people see are rock structures like the Fire Wave, the White Domes, Arch Rock, and Elephant Rock.

Our very first visit to Valley of Fire, we did the Fire Wave hike. Back in 2015, it was not on the official brochure. it was a secret but not so secret trail. Now, it’s probably the most popular landmark in the park. Many people say it looks like the elusive Wave in Arizona, except that it’s so much more accessible.

You can follow a well-marked trail that is easy to find. If you head towards White Domes, parking lot #3 (the 3rd one from White Domes) is where you would park. The trailhead is across the street.


Distance: 1.5-miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Fire Wave Hike Trailhead Coordinates

36°29’17.6″N 114°31’43.4″W

The trail is just under a mile that is made up of sand, hard pack and rock. Fire wave itself is beautiful! The natural patterns in the rock and shape of the formation really makes you feel like you’re standing on a wave that’s on fire. Part of it even swirls up like an ice cream cone.

We had a great time there and can’t wait to go back to explore the rest of the park.! We hope the next time we’ll be able to catch a great sunset so that we can photograph the Fire Wave again.

Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton, Nevada 89040

Open year-round from dawn to dusk.

Entrance: $10/vehicle ($8/vehicle Nevada resident)
Camping: $20/night
Annual Entrance Permit: $75

Have you explored much off-strip in Vegas?
Have you explored any of the state parks near you?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. There are postings to NOT walk on the Fire Wave. Just saying.

    1. When was the last time you were there or heard that? I was there about a month ago and there was no such sign or rangers saying it’s not okay. Unless it’s something that changed recently, I would say it’s a rumor. Here is what the state park has on their website and there isn’t any rule about not walking on the fire wave

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