Dedicated in 1953, the Valley Of Fire State Park covers an area of roughly 42,000 acres and derives its name from the many red sandstone formations that litter the park.
Growing up in New England, I never had the opportunity to visit a desert environment so on a business trip to Las Vegas, I was determined to take an extra day and visit some of the natural wonders in the area. A quick search quickly brought of Valley of Fire State Park, a relatively short drive from the strip that appeared to have a ton of sightseeing stops to offer. On the last day of the trip, I rented a car and set out early in the morning to explore everything that I could and the trip did not disappoint.
Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated in 1953 and covers an area of roughly 42,000 acres and derives its name from the many red sandstone formations that litter the park.
The following posts covered several sites within the park that warranted a dedicated post:
- The Fire Wave At Valley Of Fire State Park
- Ancient Art: Petroglyph Canyon Trail At Valley Of Fire State Park
- Ancient Art: The Petroglyphs Of Atlatl Rock
In addition to the sights previously posted about, I was able to visit two more spectacular sites.
Arch Rock formed over many millennia by strong winds and rain slowly washing away the materials holding its sand grains together. The rock weakened over time, allowing the natural arch that you see today. Eventually it will grow too large for its support and will collapse. No climbing is allowed on their beautiful and fragile structure so it is a photo op only.
THE SEVEN SISTERS
The Seven Sisters is a group of 7 tall, red, eroded boulders surrounded by the sandy desert. Once part of the nearby red formations, these rock towers are all that remain after the relentless forces or erosion stripped away the surrounding sandstone deposits. Numerous “blow holes” forecast the eventual destruction of the towers that will take place many hundreds of years in the future.
I can’t express enough what an absolutely beautiful park this is and would encourage anyone who is taking a trip to Las Vegas, to ensure that not all of your time is on the strip. You’d really be doing a disservice to yourself to not take some time to take in some of the natural wonders offered in the area.