Hum the tune of “Burning Ring Of Fire” by Johnny Cash. This was the theme song for our family’s trip to The Valley Of Fire State Park in Nevada. We kept the tune and swapped out the words and made up an endless song continually describing our two day exploration of this alien landscape.
Valley of Fire is breathtaking. The park is full of red rock formations of all shapes and sizes. The rock is porous and easy to climb on. The campsite in the park (there are actually two but one was closed for the winter) is absolutely stellar. We camped right beside the red rocks and breakfasted on an outcropping beside our camp.
We hiked both on trail and off, finding the most spectacular vistas. We hunted for petroglyphs and were rewarded with the discoveries of these ancient drawings that transported us into the past. We imagined what it must have been like for the ancient peoples living in this harsh desert environment. We witnessed an incredibly big hawk descend upon a desert hare. The hare got away when the hawk was startled by our noisy presence and the hare ran as fast as can be into the desert brush. We awoke each morning to the glorious rays of the sun accentuating the vibrant colours of the rock formation. We breathed in the energy of this otherworldly place.
And with the click of a button two little hands permanently deleted all of our pictures of our time at Valley of Fire. Ho Hum. We still have the memories.
Here are the only pics we have…taken on our phone.
The Valley of Fire is about an hour drive from North Las Vegas. Entrance to the park is $10 per vehicle. Add another $10 if you would like to camp there. (Do It!!!) The campground has potable water, flush toilets, and hot showers (a glorious find for stinky travellers!) We camped here in the winter and it got quite chilly at night. Bring lots of blankets and enjoy the offseason!