2014 Free First Day Hikes at Valley of Fire State Park, January 1, 2014

OVERTON, Nev. – Celebrate New Year’s Day 2014 at Valley of Fire State Park, where 10 guided hikes will be offered as part of the First Day Hikes program. Visitors should inform the fee booth attendant they are participating in one of the hikes and a hike leader will validate their day pass for free entrance. Valley of Fire State Park is located at 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, 89040, approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, exit 75.  All events are open to the public. Programs and hikes may change due to weather and staffing.  When going on any hike, bring water and wear appropriate footwear.

December 31: Midnight at White Domes

Celebrate the New Year by hiking the scenic White Domes Trail at midnight. A variety of lights will illuminate the trail and sparkling cider will be served at the remnants of an old movie set.  Valley of Fire State Park is normally only open from sunrise to sunset, so this is a rare opportunity to experience hiking in the park after dark. Reservations are required by contacting the park at vofinterpranger@mvdsl.com by Saturday, December 28.  A minimum of eight people are needed for the hike to take place. If canceled, notification will be given via email by 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 29.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31 from 11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.
WHERE: Meet at the visitor center parking lot.

January 1: Guided Hike to the Fire Wave

The Fire Wave Trail is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike leading to one of Valley of Fire’s most popular rock formations, the “Fire Wave.”  Fire Wave Trail is Valley of Fire’s newest and most popular trail.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the visitor center’s lower parking lot.

January 1: White Domes Guided Hike

This 1.25 mile loop trail features a vast array of impressive colorful sandstone formations and passes through a narrow slot canyon. Another attraction located along the trail is the remnants of a movie set constructed for the 1965 film The Professionals.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the White Domes parking lot.

January 1: Pinnacles Trail Guided Hike

Pinnacles Trail is an approximately five mile roundtrip hike that follows a wash across open desert landscape which leads to an isolated outcropping of impressive red sandstone “spires.” Pinnacles Trail is an excellent hike to view many of the plants common to the area.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at the Atlatl Rock picnic area parking lot; the trailhead is across the road. 

January 1: Guided Hike to the “Top of the World”

This guided hike to the “Top of the World” is a unique opportunity because there is no developed trail leading the way. A local volunteer will lead participants to this secluded destination. This fairly strenuous hike is 3.5 miles roundtrip with a nearly 800 feet of elevation gain, resulting in excellent views of the park below.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at parking area #1 on the road to White Domes.

January 1: Guided Petroglyph Hike

Tour the Mouse’s Tank trail and observe the more than 800 petroglyphs. A hike leader will explain the processes commonly used for dating and interpreting petroglyphs.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at Mouse’s Tank Trailhead.

January 1: Arrowhead Loop Guided Hike

This two mile loop trail passes one of Valley of Fire’s most instantly recognizable rock formations, “Elephant Rock.” A portion of the trail also follows the remains of the Old Arrowhead Road, which was built in 1915 and passed thru Las Vegas, connecting Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE:  Meet at the East Entrance parking lot.