Last April we had a stopover in Las Vegas on our spring family holiday. Since neither of us, or our kids are really into any of the typical Las Vegas 'things to do' options, we ventured out of the city to something that is more our style. So, if you are anything like us, perhaps you will find this helpful to check out The Valley of Fire State Park if you ever find yourself in the area.
1. ABOUT A 45 MINUTE DRIVE
The state park is about a 45 minute drive from the north side of Las Vegas. And as a bonus a drive through the desert is always an added bonus.
2. $10 ENTRANCE FEE
The entrance fee per vehicle is $10 daily. There is a fantastic visitor centre as well with exhibits featuring geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby regions. They also have information on the hikes available throughout the park. A must stop when you first arrive.
3. PLAN YOUR VISIT EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY
As with any visit to the desert the heat can be a little overwhelming in the middle of the day. Especially for kids. And me ;). We visiting the park in April in the middle of the day and found it was tolerable, however I wouldn't recommend it if you had younger children. Hats, sunscreen and water are all musts.
4. MANY EASY HIKES TO CHOOSE FROM
In the couple of hours we were there, we managed to get in two hikes. Our first one, the White Domes Trail is a must see. It is a loop trail, at the beginning featuring an area that was used for the filming of a 1966 movie. In the middle of the hike you find yourself in the area pictured above, a long slot canyon.
5. DON'T MISS THE PETROGLYPHS
Petroglyph Canyon is a short in and out hike. These ancient rock carvings are spread throughout this canyon and are defiantly worth slowing down to take a peek.
I hope these images and tips inspired you to get out of the city and into nature on your next visit to the desert!