Las Vegas Attractions: Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park Located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Dedicated in 1935, the valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert.

The Valley of Fire was formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Other important rock formations include shales, limestones, and conglomerates. The Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley were prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire. The span of approximate occupation has been dated from 300 B.C. to 1150 A.D. Fine examples of rock art left by these ancient peoples can be found at several sites within the park.

Spring and fall are the preferred seasons for visiting the Valley of Fire. While winters are mild, temperatures range from freezing to 75 degrees. Temperatures usually exceed 100 degrees, and may reach 120 degrees during the Summer.

The Valley of Fire State Park features many types of plant and animal life. While dominated by creosote bush, burro bush, and brittle bush, several cactus species, including beaver tail and cholla, are also common. Many species of lizards and snakes are common in the park, as well as the kit fox, black-tailed jack rabbit, coyote, spotted skunk, and antelope ground squirrel. Most desert animals are nocturnal however and not frequently seen by the passing motorist.

The Valley of Fire visitor center provides exhibits on the ecology, geology, prehistory, and history of the park and the nearby region. Postcards, books, and film are on sale for your convenience.

The park is open all year.

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Location:
Valley of Fire State Park
Overton, NV 89040
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