1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Valley of Fire

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Junkyard Hog, Jan 23, 2017.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    My wife and I are going to spend some time there this weekend. Any advice on what to do/what not to do/how to spend your time? Must sees?
     
  2. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 1999
    Messages:
    34,673
    Location:
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    24
    I have a ton of photos in my TR from September/October here - https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/the-long-journey-to-vegas-sept-2016.135218/page-6#post-1369472

    The road through has quite a few places to stop and look around, but I really liked the side road off to White Domes. Lots of good, short hikes there if you're looking for them. There is also a small loop on a dirt road that goes by Alstatl and Arch Rocks. Great petroglyphs just off the little picnic area on that loop. The visitor center doesn't look like much, but it's got some good info on the history and geology of what you're looking at. I recommend it as a first stop to get your bearings.

    If I were to do the trip again, I would continue through the park (I doubled back) and go out along the lake. Or I'd go north into Overton and see the Native People's museum there for more history on the park.
     
  3. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Great! Thanks!
     
  4. Daani

    Daani Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Messages:
    204
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    You go the first time and then you always want to come back. It's awesome. Valley of Fire is a must see:wave:
     
  5. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    12,876
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    50
    Love the glyphs. skip the petrified logs
     
  6. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Messages:
    13,997
    Location:
    Somewhere in Middle America
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    70
    Be sure to drive through those winding roads behind the visitor center and go all the way to the White Domes.

    Also be sure to see Arch Rock, kind of behind Atlatl (sp??) Rock.
     
  7. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
  8. mjames1229

    mjames1229 # of visits includes only trips w/ hotel stays

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,640
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    29
    Watching wife bowl Women's Nationals
    Super Bowl / Poker Trip Combo Platter
  9. Pancakes

    Pancakes Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Messages:
    416
    Location:
    Peterborough, UK
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    9
    Assuming you're going from Vegas, the gas station on the turnoff the I15 does great breakfasts and coffee. And good pancakes ;)
     
  10. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Thanks for the advice. May try that next time. We're eating at Bouchon that morning.
     
  12. vegasvic

    vegasvic VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2013
    Messages:
    3,485
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    45
    Good info, something I've never done but will be doing in May. We did the ATV's there but that's outside the actual park. Then we went there a couple of years ago but it was 110 so we decided to do it another time.
     
  13. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 1999
    Messages:
    34,673
    Location:
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    24
    Good call. It was 97 the day I was there and it was like walking on the surface of the sun. :haha: I saw the sign at the trailhead that said to carry water but decided since I was just going out a half-mile that I didn't need it. That was a mistake.
     
  14. chef

    chef Resident Buffetologist

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2002
    Messages:
    5,354
    Location:
    Illinois
    I was there this summer and the visitor's center had all the info I person could need for planning a day.
     
  15. ebbinns

    ebbinns Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Messages:
    206
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    40
    I went solo quite a few years ago and hiked to Mouse's Tank fairly early in the morning when nobody else was around. I sat down and took in the beauty of the area and realized it was absolutely quiet. There was no ambient noise of traffic, people, airplanes, electricity, etc. I haven't experienced something like that ever. Very peaceful. Then I drove back to LV and the beautiful sounds of the machines, laughter, etc. that we all love.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  16. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Valley of Fire was awesome. Weather was awesome. Temp was about 50 degrees when we were there. I don't think I'd want to hike it any warmer than that!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    IMG_3680.JPG IMG_3683.JPG IMG_3705.JPG IMG_3708.JPG IMG_3712.JPG IMG_3715.JPG IMG_3725.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 3
  18. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Messages:
    13,997
    Location:
    Somewhere in Middle America
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    70
    Can YOU see the elephant in that last shot? :)
     
  19. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2011
    Messages:
    742
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Yep! That's Elephant Rock.
     
  20. makikiboy

    makikiboy VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2007
    Messages:
    6,380
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    35
    What I also liked was stopping off at the store right when you turn off to the VOF road. They had all types of fireworks that you could buy. Not sure where you would light them up but guess on the dessert you can probably find someplace to shoot them off at night.

    Also, if you go through the VOF you can end up on the other side and take that side road (167) back to vegas. It also has a nice view and goes near Lake Mead, you can also drive by Lake Las Vegas. Going in the afternoon you really see everything in red going down that road.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.