Valley of Fire State Park is a popular public recreation and nature preservation area covering more than 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada, and 80 kilometers northeast of Las Vegas. The Valley of Fire is a breathtaking place in Nevada, and it is one of the largest and oldest state parks in the USA. Valley of Fire State Park consists of lively red-orange Aztec sandstone rock formations. Almost, 19,000 ha of land was established by the state in 1935 and is illuminated by the desert sun.
It is believed, that when the inland sea receded during the Jurassic period, the rock formations were formed. However, some evidence found that the Ancestral Puebloan tribe was living in that area almost 10,000 years ago. Therefore, different communities have thrived here. One of the communities was Basketmaker culture followed by Anasazi people.
Even at Atlatl Rock and Mouse’s Tank, you can see genius rock carvings and petroglyphs. Hence, with the passage of time, Mormons thrived in the area in 1865. After that Paiute families came here to settle down, which eventually gave more opportunities to white settlers, and minorities have invaded the area. Therefore, the native communities were pushed out to nearby reservations. In 1931, almost 8,760 acres of land were gifted by the federal government. The Civilian Conservation Corps took many initiatives to construct roads and camping facilities for public use.
In 1968, it was designated as a National Natural Landmark. Valley of fire is a fantastic geological location with beautiful sandstone rock formations due to the shifting of sand dunes from 150 million years ago. Valley of Fire has many famous tourist spots. One of the most popular areas in the park is natural Arch Rock, formed by thousands of years of rain and wind. Elephant rock is another popular sport in the valley, that is resembling an elephant-like shape.
Another famous spot is Seven Sisters, which is a beautiful formation of seven windblown red boulders. The Beehives are distinguished for the exceptional geological patterns that give them their name. Furthermore, all red sandstone rock formations are masses of limestones conglomerates and shales in the park.
Moreover, the bright red Aztec sandstone cabins are another interesting attraction in the park. Civilian Conservation Corps built these beautiful cabins for travelers, passing through on the road connecting Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Thus, these red cabins are no longer in use as accommodations and used as a picnic area now, but indeed are pretty to visit.
There are a number of places to sleep, numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables in the park facilitate with water, grills, restrooms, and even wi-fi available. These accommodations can lodge everything from a single tent to a big RV. Whereas the imposing geological features are the most distinguished things in the park. The valley of the fire has diverse flora and fauna varieties in a desert environment. Also, different animals species are nocturnal in the park.
The valley of fire offers different opportunities to see jackrabbits, foxes, coyotes, and bighorn sheep, along with different varieties of migratory and resident birds. Several types of snakes and lizards also roam in desert plants. Visitors can see many petrified trees and deserts planted throughout the park, including creosote bush, burro bush, brittlebush, and different varieties of cactus including beaver tail and cholla, are also common.
In the spring, season, the wildflowers bloom in a great number and shape the desert-like heaven on earth. The bloom of such plants as the desert marigold, indigo bush, and desert mallow are remarkable along park roads. Valley of Fire is a popular location for shooting automobile commercials and other commercial photography.
Different intriguing hiking networks and trails are available to take in all the main sights in the valley of fire and explore everything it has to offer. Moreover, the visitor center offers exhibits on the geology, prehistory, ecology, and history of the valley of the fire and nearby region. The climate condition of Valley of Fire State Park is dry and warm like the Mojave Desert in which it lies. However, winters are mild with daytime temperatures ranging from 54 °F.