Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada, USA and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.

It covers an area of almost 42,000 acres (17,000 ha) and was dedicated in 1935. It derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays.

Valley of Fire is located 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation between 2,000–2,600 feet (610–790 m). It abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the east at the Virgin River confluence. It lies in a 4 by 6 mi (6.4 by 9.7 km) basin.

 

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Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire

After two days in Las Vegas moving on to Valley of Fire (with a stop at Hoover Dam) was like driving into another world. After everything was loud during the day and night and at night there were just only lights ... the quiet area of Valley of Fire was really different and really a relief. 

 

The night at the campground was really nice and during the day you had to deal with up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37,7 degrees Celsius). 

The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters at the right side are named after the seven rocks that make up this outcropping. And of course there are also picnic areas are placed between the rocks.

Atlatl Rock
Atlatl Rock

At the Atlatl Rock you can find ancient petroglyphs of natives from the past. 

Elephant Rock
Elephant Rock

The Elephant Rock looks ... well like an Elephant obviously. But to see this fella you really need to take a closer look and also you need to stay in the right spot for such an image :-) 


In the following album you can see more of Valley of Fire, enjoy ...