Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Since today it is 3 degrees outside, I’m writing about warmer, sunnier days past and the last stop on our whirlwind Western United States National Park roadtrip. Valley of Fire State Park is not (obviously) a national park but it was one of my favorite campsites during our month-long travels.

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Valley of Fire State Park is about 90 minutes outside of Las Vegas. Since we were flying in/out of Las Vegas, we figured this would be a good place to camp for the last night before turning in our Jucy campervan and flying back to Baltimore.

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Our very last campfire Sad smile

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I didn’t really expect much despite the 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor and Yelp but was so happy we made Valley of Fire our last stop. Our campground, Atlatl Rock was awesome. We got to the campground pretty early and picked our spot up against the rocks.

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All had shaded awnings and fire pits. The red rocks protected the site from the wind and sun which was welcome in this warm climate.  All the holes in the rocks made for good climbing or just looking cool.

The campground’s facilities were really clean (yay!). I would definitely come back here to hike and camp in the future, although not in the summer months.


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There were about 5 trails of 3 miles or less in Valley of Fire State Park. It was a hot day, even in October, so we only did these. There are longer trails but didn’t have enough water (or energy) to do the others.

BC peeking through the rock:

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Frog on the trail:

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There were movies filmed in Valley of Fire State Park- including Viva Las Vegas, Total Recall, The Professionals and more. It is used as a Mars backdrop more often than not due to the red rock formations.

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On our way out of the park, heading back to Vegas, a big horned sheep scared the crap out of me on the side of the road. It was meeting us at the exit as if to bid us farewell. It was an epic ending for an epic roadtrip.

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Reader Question: Have you ever seen a big-horned sheep? What was your favorite wildlife by the road sighting?

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1 Response

  1. Wow! What a gorgeous part of the country. I love that you still have hidden gems to share from your summer trip.

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