Overview of Article Topics
- 1 Valley of Fire Location
- 2 Valley of Fire Visitor Center
- 3 Valley of Fire Entrance Fee
- 4 Valley of Fire Map
- 5 Valley of Fire Petroglyphs
- 6 Valley of Fire Hiking
- 7 Valley of Fire Points of Interest
- 8 Vally of Fire Picnics
- 9 Vally of Fire Camping
- 10 Valley of Fire Hotels
- 11 Valley of Fire Weather
- 12 Valley of Fire Tours
- 13 Valley of Fire Film Trivia
- 14 Valley of Fire Events
- 15 Valley of Fire Online References and Resources
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres (19,000 ha) located 16 miles (26 km) south of Overton, Nevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park’s attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. It is Nevada’s oldest state park, as commemorated with Nevada Historical Marker #150. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
Valley of Fire Location
Where is the Valley of Fire?
Valley of Fire is located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation of 1,320–3,009 feet. It abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the east at the Virgin River confluence. It lies in a 4 x 6-mile basin.
How to Get to the Valley of Fire
Depending on your starting point, the Valley of Fire is approximately a one hour drive from Las Vegas. From Las Vegas, take I-15N to exit 75 to merge onto the Valley of Fire Road.
Valley of Fire Visitor Center
Stop by the Valley of Fire Visitor Center to view exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of the park and the nearby region.
The visitor center is easily seen as soon as you turn off the Valley of Fire Highway onto Mouse’s Tank Road.
If you have your Nevada State Park Passport booklet, be sure to stop by the visitor center and get your stamp. Click here to find out where you can grab a copy of the Nevada State Park Passport booklet for free. (If you collect all 15 Nevada State Park stamps, you can turn your passport booklet in for a free annual pass!)
Visitor center information:
- The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
- The rest of the park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.
- Phone: (702) 397-2088
Click here to view photos and more information on the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Valley of Fire Entrance Fee
The Valley of Fire entrance fee is $10 per car and there is no longer a Nevada state residence discount. If you are a frequent Nevada State Park visitor, you should consider getting a Nevada State Park Annual Pass for $75 a year.
The Valley of Fire entrance fee is collected at the self-pay stations before the manned booths open or at the fee booth once during open hours.
Click here to view additional details for the Valley of Fire Entry Fee information.
Valley of Fire Map
Click here to view the Valley of Fire State Park Hikes .pdf.
Valley of Fire Petroglyphs
There is an abundnace of petroglyphs at the Valley of Fire dating back to approximately 3,000 years ago. Petroglyphs can be found at the following areas.
Valley of Fire Hiking
There are numerous hikes that vary from a few 0.3 miles to almost 7 miles. Below are the hikes and points of interest within the Valley of Fire State Park.
Valley of Fire Trails
- Arrowhead Loop
- Balancing Rock – 0.3 miles – Click here to read the Balancing Rock at Valley of Fire overview.
- Cabins Arch Loop
- Charlie’s Spring Loop – 4.7 miles
- Color Castles
- Duck Rock
- Elephant Rock Loop – 1.2 miles
- Fire Canyon
- Fire Canyon Wash
- Fire Wave Trail (look for parking lot #3 on the map) – 1.2 miles round trip
- Gravity’s Rainbow
- Heaven Loop
- Hidden Valley Loop
- Magnesium Mine
- Mouse’s Tank Trail – 0.7 miles
- Natural Arches Trail – 2..5 miles
- Old Arrowhead Road – 6.8 miles
- Pastel (Pink) Canyon Trail
- Petrified Logs Loop, East – 0.3 miles
- Petrified Logs, West
- Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse’s Tank – 0.8 miles
- Piano Rock Trail – 0.7 miles
- Pinnacles Loop – 4.5 miles
- Prospect Trail – 4.6 miles
- Rainbow Vista Trail – 1.0 miles
- Shower Loop
- St. Thomas Trail
- The Pinnacles
- Top of the World
- Trestle Trail
- Upper Magnesium Wash
- White Domes Loop – 1.0 miles
- Wilderness Loop
Valley of Fire Points of Interest
- Arch Rock
- Arrowhead Arch
- Atlatl Rock – Click here to read the Atlatl Rock at the Valley of Fire overview.
- Beehives – Click here to read the Beehives at the Valley of Fire overview.
- Fire Canyon Arch
- John J. Clark Memorial – Click here to read the John J. Clark Memorial overview.
- Lone Rock – Click here to read the Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire overview.
- Poodle Rock
- Scenic Drive
- Seven Sisters – Click here to read the Seven Sisters at the Valley of Fire overview.
- Silica Dome / Fire Canyon Overlook
- The Cabins – Click here to read The Cabins at the Valley of Fire overview.
- The Scream
Vally of Fire Picnics
There are numerous places to relax after your hike and enjoy a picnic. Most are covered and have nearby amenities such was water spigot, trash cans, grills, and restrooms. Below are the areas with covered and/or uncovered picnic areas:
- Atlatl Rock
- Balancing Rock (Visitors Center)
- Lone Rock
- Mouse’s Tank Trail
- Rainbow Vista Trail
- Seven Sisters
- The Cabins
- White Domes
Vally of Fire Camping
There are two campgrounds at the Valley of Fire State Park, Atlal Rock Campground, and Arch Rock Campground, for a combined total of 72 camping units. There is also a site for group camping behind the Beehives with 3 group campsites by reservation. Click here to read more about group camping at the Valley of Fire.
Atlatl Rock Campground
There are 44 campsites at the Atlatl Rock Campground available on a first-come-first-served basis. Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, bathrooms, showers, and drinking water… oh, and spectacular views. Some of the campsites offer partial RV hookups. Click here to read more about Atlatl Rock Campground.
Arch Rock Campground
Located within the Valley of Fire State Park, Arch Rock Campground has 29 campsites for tents and trailers. The campground is first-come-first-serve and you can stay up to 14 consecutive days. The campsites at Arch Rock are $20 per night + $10 per night for campsites with utility hookups. The campsites at Arch Rock include drinking water, flush toilets, showers, and an RV dump station. Each campsite has a shaded table, fire ring, and grate.
Valley of Fire Campground Details
- All campsites are first-come-first-served. (The exception are the group camping site, which requires a reservation)
- The campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water, and restrooms.
- A dump station and showers are available.
- A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.
- RV sites with power and water hookups are available.
- There are three group areas, each accommodating up to 45 people, though parking is limited. These sites are available for overnight camping and picnicking by reservation only. Call the park for reservations.
- Day use entrance fee: $10.00 per vehicle
- Camping: $20.00 per night + $10.00 for sites with utility hookups
Valley of Fire Hotels
If camping at Valley of Fire isn’t an option for you, there are many hotels near Overton, NV to choose from in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.
- Click here to view Las Vegas hotels and the reviews for each on TripAdvisor.
- Click here to view Las Vegas hotels and the reviews for each on Booking.com.
- Click here to view Las Vegas hotels and the reviews for each on Hotels.com.
- Click here to view Las Vegas hotels and the reviews for each on Expedia.com
Valley of Fire Weather
The Valley of Fire State Park has a dry and warm climate typical of the Mojave Desert in which it lies. Winters are mild with daytime temperatures ranging from 54°F to 75°F and overnight lows in the mid 30°F’s to mid 40°F’s. Storms moving east from the Pacific Ocean occasionally bring rain during winter months. Daily summer highs usually range from 100°F to 115°F and on occasion may reach near 120°F. Thunderstorms from the Southwestern Monsoon can produce heavy showers during summer. The average annual precipitation is 6.50″.
Valley of Fire Tours
If you want to visit Valley of Fire with a tour group instead of on your own there are several to chose from. When I was there May 2018, there was a couple from out of town with a private tour guide who I kept crossing paths on the different trails.
List of Valley of Fire Tours
- Click here to view discounted Valley of Fire Tours on Groupon.
- Click here to view Valley of Fire Tours on TripAdvisor.
Valley of Fire Film Trivia
Valley of Fire is a popular location for shooting automobile commercials and other commercial photography. It has provided a setting for the following films and television shows:
- Viva Las Vegas starring Elvis Presley had multiple shots filmed in the park during the racing scenes for the film’s finale in 1963.
- The Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Claudia Cardinale was filmed in 1966. Valley of Fire was one of three locations used in the film. All that remains of the set is a portion of a rock wall of a hacienda.
- The outside Mars scenes from Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, were almost totally shot in Valley of Fire.
- The scenes from planet Veridian III from Star Trek Generations were filmed here in 1994. The Silica Dome is particularly highlighted for Star Trek fans as the site of iconic starship captain James T. Kirk’s death and burial.
Valley of Fire Events
Check out the Valley of Fire calendar of events to find fun events from birdwatching to how to make your own petroglyph.