VALLEY OF FIRE HIKING
Scramble on red rocks and explore the fiery sandstone in search of petroglyphs.
About the Experience
Valley of Fire is one of southern Nevada's most scenic landscapes. Speckled with ancient petroglyphs and furnace red Aztec sandstone, this area is great for scenic hikes and photography alike.
The grey and white limestone is mixed among other geologic features that date back to the Jurassic period. Many day hikes are available to all skill levels, from short easy walks to moderate treks through the backcountry.
Winter season allows for longer exploration due to the comfortable hiking temperatures. Spring wildflowers dot the roadsides with hues of purple, yellow, and orange. Summer is better resigned to short walks and stops at historic sights.
Don't forget to bring your camera. If you like exploring ancient rock art there is plenty to see here. Stop at Atlatl rock and study the pictures carved into the stone. A short hike to Mouse's Tank reveals plenty more, along with a a secret hiding spot in the desert where renegades escaped the law.
Visit the abandoned town of St. Thomas or stop at one of several natural springs on the way back. The scenic drive gives you a spectacular view of Lake Mead as you wind back around to Las Vegas.
ACTIVITIES & HIGHLIGHTS
- Wildlife Viewing
Easy - Moderate
SKILL LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
Beginner friendly, no previous experience required. Recommended minimum age: 10+ years
Packing Your Gear
Come prepared. You could be travelling from the desert floor to mountain tops, and back down again. Temperatures can vary greatly, so it is best to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. We have put together a recommended gear list for you, to help make your journey comfortable and enjoyable.
- Shorts or pants and shirt (not cotton)
- Dress in layers
- Hiking shoes (no flip flops)
- Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Spending cash for souvenirs & tips*
In cooler months (Nov-March) add:
- Base layer (polypro, capilene, etc.)
- Fleece top (for warmth)
- Wool socks
- Windproof/rainproof jacket
- Ski type beanie/hat
* Gratuities for guides range from
10%-20% of trip cost
- Professional Guide
- Trekking poles
- Snacks, bottled water
- All permits, park fees
- Hotel transportation from Las Vegas Strip
*Gratuity not included