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. We’ve only been able to check it out once, but we know there is a lot to see with rock structures like the White Domes, Arch Rock, and Elephant Rock.
We decided on our first visit to hike to the Fire Wave! Although it’s not on the official brochure yet, this is 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.
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.
FIRE WAVE HIKE
Distance: 1.5 mile roundtrip
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)
Annual Entrance Permit: $75
Have you explored much off strip in Vegas?
Have you explored any of the state parks near you?