I am back again with a new adventure. Today we explore the Valley of Fire in Nevada… I know I am a southern Utah hiking page, but since it is red rock and close to my location, might as well count it.
Valley of Fire is a small state park about 35 miles out side of Mesquite Nevada. There are two entrances into the park, both ways work fine. There is a 10 dollar admission fee for vehicles and from there admission fees vary. Most of the images you see come out of this park like Rock Arch and Elephant Rock are all located next to the road, so hiking is minimal to see the big features. There are a few hikes in the park, but most are short. This is a perfect park for kids. There is a lot of bang for your buck in the short hikes. Lots of places for them to play too.
I am going to overview each of the hikes I went on. I figured since most of them are really short, it’s not worth the effort to put three posts for hikes less then a mile long.
Elephant Rock is the first stop or the last stop depending on how you enter the park. The arch is located right off the road, but the trail to it begins at the little visitors hut. The total distance is 1/8 of a mile. The rock is about 15 feet tall and looks like an elephant. If you don’t want to do the walk, just drive by it and you can see it easily.
There is a sign at the beginning of the hike that has suggestions for what the symbols mean. We had a kick out of this, due to the fact we had just seen The Croods. Just remember what happened to the curios little cave tiger… she saw something new and DIED!
This hike is great for kids.
Located at the end of the road that branches off from the visitor center, this hike a short round trip adventure that takes you into the beautiful red rock. The hike is a loop that begins at the end of the parking lot. The trail quickly descends into a canyon and down onto a movie set. One Hundred Million BC was filmed here apparently.
The trails turns to the right and takes you through about 50 yards of a slot canyon. After this the trail turns back around and takes your next to some rocks that are pink and yellow and look like sherbert ice cream. Total round trip of this trail is about 1 mile. Very quick hike with a lot of interesting things to see.