The Nevada desert is a place filled with mystery, intrigue and natural wonder. As the oldest state park in Nevada, the Valley of Fire has been welcoming visitors for generations.
The psychedelic sandstone that makes this beautiful place so special has been around since the days the dinosaurs roamed the earth, forming the centerpieces of the park as the world changed and the sand dunes shifted.
Today, this park is filled with picture-perfect photo ops, family vacation spots and memories to last forever.
Here are a few must-hit spots in this Mojave Desert destination:
Hike Mouse's Tank
Get your hiking shoes ready and pack your water bottles because the Valley of Fire is arguably one of the most outstanding desert hiking destinations across the globe.
Mouse's Tank is an easy trail, perfect for even non-athletic adventurers. It's only a short walk from the parking lot and the hike is filled with petroglyphs that tell stories of ancient history.
Lost City Museum
There's truly something intriguing about a lost city. This museum promises to deliver insight as to what ancient life was like. Here, you'll find adobe huts, artifacts and other information about the way early Native Americans lived, worked and played.
Wander to the Fire Wave
No trip to the Valley of Fire is complete without a peek at the Fire Wave. This spectacular formation will make your entire trip worth it. Swirls of sand and marbled marvels dot the vast landscape, providing plenty of places for you to explore.
Power Up Your Power Wheels
Nobody said big kids can't have fun, too. If your childhood was filled with Tonka trucks and Big Wheels, the Valley of Fire is the perfect place to unleash your inner child. For people who aren't interested in guided tours, ATVs offer a wonderful alternative. Hop on a four-wheel, sand-ready vehicle and take the desert by storm. Make sure the company you choose includes a GPS device, as the vast desert is not always cellphone-friendly.
Seek Out St. Thomas Ghost Town
In 1865, a group of Mormon settlers settled into a place just beyond present-day Overton. If you're a fan of the AMC series Hell on Wheels, this ghost town will be the perfect daytime expedition to quench your history-loving thirst.
This town once stood underwater when Lake Mead was formed in the 1930s after the Hoover Dam was erected. A meander through this ghost town will do your adventurous spirit good!
This is a can't-miss Mojave experience. The Atlatl Rock is filled with history and incredible examples of ancient Native American life. Looking for an adventure that lasts more than a couple of hours? The Atlatl Rock Campground is a great place to kick up your feet after you've been hiking and adventuring around the Valley of Fire. Be sure to pack ample amounts of water because it's still a desert! Whether you're doing a day hike or an overnight excursion, be sure to pack a camera (or have your phone ready) because the petroglyphs in this region date back more than 2,000 years, and you'll surely want to capture them.
Dream Catcher Valley of Fire Tour
Some parts of the Valley of Fire simply can't be seen by foot. There's an enormous landscape filled with fascinating red rock and sandstone formations far beyond where your soles can take you.
Our Dream Catcher Sunset Tour will take you over the Valley of Firey, giving you picturesque views of some of the most remote, desolate and beautiful desert land on the planet. Enjoy champagne, beverages and a light snack as the chopper takes you to our exclusive landing spot, 3,500 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Before you head into the hot Nevada desert unprepared, make sure you've checked our Ultimate Vegas Packing List 2.0. This free guide will help ensure you're properly packed for your adventures!