February 2012 events at Valley of Fire

Atlatl 05 012 300x225 February 2012 events at Valley of FireOVERTON, Nev. – Valley of Fire State Park is holding numerous free events February through May 2012.  The park’s entrance fee is $10 per vehicle, but Nevada residents receive a $2 discount. Pre-registration, by calling the park, is required for each event. Contact Amber Heman at 702-397-2088 or vofranger2@mvdsl.com.

February 18: Petroglyph Puzzle

Join a park ranger for a PowerPoint presentation that focuses on Anasazi petroglyphs found in the park. We’ll discuss rock art classification, use specific glyphs found in the Atlatl Rock Picnic Area and Petroglyph Canyon panels to approximate dates. Finally, we’ll conclude with a survey of our own pictographs that might help us build understanding on how truly difficult interpreting meaning is from these over 700 year old rock carvings.

               WHEN: Saturday, February 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

               WHERE: Participants will gather at the visitor center. The park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

               WHO: The event is open to the public.

February 18: Guided Petroglyph Tour

Learn about the petroglyphs found in this area as a park staff member takes you on a short walk to hidden panels of petroglyphs.

               WHEN: Saturday, February 18 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

               WHERE: Participants will gather at the Mouse’s Tank picnic area. The park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

               WHO: The event is open to the public.

February 19: Mouse’s Tank Guided Hike

Discover the many petroglyphs down Petroglyph Canyon, as a park ranger leads you to the most famous water tanks in the park.   This is a three-quarter mile hike through sand, but is very easy.  Make sure to bring appropriate footwear, sun block, and plenty of water.

               WHEN: Sunday, February 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

               WHERE: Participants will gather at the Mouse’s Tank trailhead. The park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

               WHO: The event is open to the public.

February 19: Finding Rock Art

Petroglyphs are found all around the world, including Valley of Fire State Park.  Learn how to look, where to look, and what to look for on your hunt for petroglyphs.

               WHEN: Sunday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

               WHERE: Participants will gather at the visitor center. The park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

               WHO: The event is open to the public.

February 25: White Domes Guided Hike

Hike the 1.25 mile loop with a Park Ranger. You’ll enjoy the remnants of an old movie set, slot canyon, and plant identification. Please bring appropriate footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and water.

               WHEN: Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 11a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

               WHERE: Participants will gather at the White Domes trailhead. The park is located only six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

               WHO: The event is open to the public.