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Valley of Fire State Park Overton

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Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton
NV
89040
Tel: 702 397-2088

Where are we going today?

Here's a quick quiz: What is Nevada's oldest and LARGEST state park? Give up? Well, if you guessed the Valley of Fire State Park - you'd be right!

The Valley of Fire State Park is only 6 miles from Lake Mead, and just 55 miles NE of Las Vegas. It was dedicated in 1935, and the name comes from those incredible red sandstone formations that you can see all around you. They are pretty incredible!

The state park is also filled with history, with 3,000 year old Indian petroglyphs still existing, and areas of petrified wood waiting to be explored!

Valley of Fire State Park is also a great place for families to just get out and enjoy a unique and incredible part of the country. Camping, hiking and picnicking are all popular activities. 

The area is filled with some pretty amazing wildlife that you might be able to spot if you have those keen eyes on you! There are lizards, foxes, skunks, jackrabbits, and coyotes, and a huge range of species of birds.

If you are REALLY lucky, you might spot the illusive desert tortoise! This is very rare and protected, and if you are lucky enough to come across this, make sure you just admire from afar!

A great place to start on your journey is the visitor center. It's the perfect place where you can learn all about the ecology, geology, and history of the park.  It's also the perfect place to plan your adventure, and the trails you might cover. There are staff on hand to answer any questions you might have also.

The Valley of Fire State Park is an amazing adventure, with scenery unlike any other. Introduce your kids to an adventure filled wilderness!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree, but small fee for vehicles
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Visitor center: 8:30am - 4:30pm.

All year round.

I'm Hungry!

There are several picnic areas where you can enjoy your own picnic lunch with the family!.

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you take plenty of bottled water and some healthy snacks with you, especially when you're hiking .

Any Top Tips?

Pets are welcome but they must be kept on a leash of less than 6 feet. They are not permitted in the visitor center. .

Doing our bit

The park is protected, so all the wildlife and plant life are carefully looked after. The park have created regulations to help protect the park, so please do follow these to help them out.

Need a little extra help?

Check at the visitor center the best areas for those with special needs or limited mobility .

Can I get one of those?

They have a gift shop at the visitor center where you can pick up souvenirs, and educational items on the park.

More information

There is camping at the park too, with RV sites and tent sites if you want to stay overnight. .

What people are saying?

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    Valley of Fire State Park is a must-see if you're visiting Las Vegas and have transportation away from the Strip! In my opinion, it is the best attraction in the immediate area.

    It takes about an hour to drive there from the Strip. There is a $10/vehicle entrance fee to the park, but it is well worth it! Prepare to spend at least 3-4 hours exploring the park. If you're a photographer, arrive at a time when you can scope out a good place to photograph sunset. In summer, wear cool clothing and comfortable hiking shoes. Some of the best spots cannot...Read More

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    I absolutely loved this off the beaten path state park. It makes the top of my list of places I would love to see again in the future. The beauty of the colors in the rock formations are amazing. There was also lots of wildlife and petroglyph sites.

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    As an avid photographer and lover of nature this is a wonderful spot. It is beautiful and very well laid out. If you do not want to hike there are great spots just long the road or several short hikes from the roads.

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    The perfect escape from Las Vegas. So underrated, this place is phenomenal !

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    Needs a little more info on how to access trailheads in the visitor center. Is not clear that most of them require driving to. The grounds are spectacular. Several short, easy to moderate hikes, give highlights of the geography. Bring water.

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by Pam Boling

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Valley of Fire State Park is a must-see if you're visiting Las Vegas and have transportation away from the Strip! In my opinion, it is the best attraction in the immediate area.

It takes about an hour to drive there from the Strip. There is a $10/vehicle entrance fee to the park, but it is well worth it! Prepare to spend at least 3-4 hours exploring the park. If you're a photographer, arrive at a time when you can scope out a good place to photograph sunset. In summer, wear cool clothing and comfortable hiking shoes. Some of the best spots cannot be seen from the car. Take plenty of water! This is critical in summer! It gets hotter in the park than in Las Vegas by as much as 10-15 degrees. Some hiking can be strenuous, but there is plenty to see on easy trails as well.

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