Barely an hour northeast of Las Vegas and about six miles from Lake Mead the adventurous Las Vegas visitor will discover a remarkable Nevada state park. The Valley of Fire State Park has an entrance fee of only $10 per car and there are plenty of free programs offered by park rangers and volunteers. If you are a Nevada resident you can buy an annual pass.
A recent Sunday schedule offered a ranger-led hike to the best known water tanks in the park at 10 am and 2 pm. Beginning at the Mouse's Tank trailhead the walk down Petroglyph Canyon offers a chance to discover some of the many peetroglyphs in the park.
Another hike led by volunteers explores the Mystic Bat Woman from 12:30 to 2 pm and at 1:30 pm at the Valley of Fire State Park Visitor's Center park volunteers tell about the who, what, when, where and how of Mohave Desert Rock art.
The park is filled with stunning red sandstone formations, wonderful color variations among the rocks, petrified wood, 3,000 year old petroglyphs and beautiful scenery everywhere. There is a 22-unit RV campground with full hookups and another 50 tent and trailer campsites. There is a very nice visitor center with extensive displays to tell you all about the park and what there is to do while there.
You can contact the park by phone at (702) 397.2088 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The park is open year round and is beautiful during any season, but hot in mid-summer.