• x

    Governor Sandoval announces his “Explore Your Nevada” Initiative…

    ... including a new state recreation area, a new state park and more amenities for existing state parks across Nevada.

    More Info

Valley of Fire

State Park

texture

About Valley of Fire

World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. The park also hosts an Annual Atlatl Competition in which participants test their skills with replicas of ancient spears. Open year round, the park has numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables, grills and water, as well as many intriguing trails to tempt hikers.

Park Detail

FACILITIES & AMENITIES

Camping: There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. A dump station and showers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

RV Camping: RV sites with power and water hookups are available.

Group Area: There are three group areas, each accommodating up to 45 people, though parking is limited. These sites are available for overnight camping and picnicking by reservation only. Call the park for reservations.

Picnicking/Day Use: Shaded areas with restrooms are located at Atlatl Rock, Seven Sisters, the Cabins, near Mouse's Tank Trailhead and White Domes.

Hiking: Many intriguing hikes are available to visitors. Inquire at the Visitor Center for suggestions on day hikes of varying length and terrain.

Visitor Information: The Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and the nearby region. It is strongly recommended that each visitor make this an early stop after entering the park. Postcards, books and souvenirs are on sale for your convenience. The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. The rest of the park closes at sunset.

Programs: Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 365 days a year.


FIELD NOTES

  • Drive only on approved routes of travel and park only in designated places along the roadside shoulders. Motor vehicles are not allowed on trails.
  • Camp only in designated campground sites.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated grills and fireplaces.
  • Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
  • Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length. Pets are not allowed in the Visitor Center.
  • All artifacts and other signs of early civilization and recent history are protected by state and federal law.
  • Please conserve water.
  • Use the trash containers provided.
  • The park is open from sunrise to sunset unless camping in campgrounds or a group camping area. After sunset, activity is limited to those areas.
  • Rock climbing is limited to specific areas in the park. Inquire at the Visitor Center.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
  • Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call Nevada State Parks at (775) 684-2770. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
  • View a list of frequently asked questions.

NATURAL RESOURCES/CLIMATE

The area plant community is dominated by widely spaced creosote bush, burro bush and brittlebush. Several cactus species, including beaver tail and cholla, are also common. The springtime bloom of such plants as the desert marigold, indigo bush, and desert mallow are often spectacular along park roads. (READ MORE)


HISTORY OF VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK – Established in 1935

Valley of Fire consists of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone mountains.  The sandstone is from the Jurassic period and is the remnant of the sand left behind by the wind after inland seas subsided and the land rose. Early man moved into southern Nevada as far back as 11,000 years ago. The most obvious evidence of occupation is the petroglyphs carved into the rocks by the Basketmaker culture about 2,500 years ago, followed later by the Early Pueblo culture. Paiutes were living in this area in 1865 when Mormons settled at nearby St. Thomas at the south end of the Moapa Valley.  Farming, ranching and mining occurred in the region along a narrow stretch of water. (READ MORE)

Park Fees

Nevada residents get a $2.00 park entrance discount

Day use entrance fee:  $10.00 per vehicle

Camping:  $20.00 per night + $10.00 for sites with utility hook ups

#NVstateparks

Photos of Valley of Fire State Park

  • @dagsss
  • @rylawn
  • @stetsonybarra
  • @ienjoyhiking
  • @adrienpatane
  • @dan_neri_photo
  • @brierley_grace
  • @james_marvin_phelps
  • @bryanweberphotography
  • @chrispaulk
  • @currentlywandering
  • @nickmanphotography
  • @mailmish_airstream
  • @mookey72
  • @russell_wht
  • @stetsonybarra
  • @whiskeyadventures
  • @whiskeyadventures
  • @james_marvin_phelps
View More Photos

push your boundaries

Explore More Nevada State Parks

plan, explore, discover

Get a Nevada State Parks Passport

Start your Journey
Nevada State Parks Passport