Valley of Fire State Park

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29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV, USA

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A great natural preserve with red rock formations Sep 10, 2017
The Valley Of Fire State Park is one of the best natural preserves with colorful rock formation located about 48 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The name, Valley of Fire, is because of the red sandstone formations which are believed to be formed from shifting of sand dunes about 150 million years ago during the age of dinosaurs.

The present landscape and the rock colors are the outcome from several geological transformation caused by the erosion over several million years. This incredible site has many bright red and tan colored rocks spread across tens and thousands of acres.

The red rocks are Aztec sandstone and the tan light colored rocks are limestone and they are all formed due to the complex uplifting and faulting of the region followed by extensive erosion.

It is known that ancient farmers and basket makers from the nearby Moapa Valley been visiting this place those days for hunting, food gathering and religious ceremonies. Those farmers thought to be ancient Pueblo Indians, also known as the Anasazi and there are some traces left by those ancient people in the form of Petroglyphs(rock art) in various sites of the park .

Those Petroglyphs believed to be inscribed thousands of years ago, however, it is not clear what those arts mean or represent.

The Valley of Fire main access road, named as Nevada Scenic Byway, traverses through many sites inside the park which is about 10.5 miles from one entrance to the other. There is a west entrance which is accessible from interstate I-15 from Las Vegas and the east entrance leads to Lake Mead/Hoover Dam.

The Valley of Fire road is well marked and provides information about the interesting viewing areas, picnic areas and trails. There are several safe shoulder parking along the main road for a quick peak and taking photos.

There are few hiking trails including some short trails with breathing views and it is highly recommended to hike one of those trails to experience the desert, rock formation, colors and Petroglyphs.

There are many point of interest inside the park such as Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock, Petrified Logs, Mouse's Tank, Fire Wave, White Domes, etc., and a visitor center is also available during the day.

There is a park fee of $10 for each vehicle, charged at the entrance. The park hours are from sunrise to sunset and if the visit is during peak summer months, then it is advisable to visit the park during the sunrise or few hours before the sunset.

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Paulovic says:
Congrats being featured today!
Posted on: Sep 13, 2017
planxty says:
Helllo there Jay and congratulations on having the featured review of the day, it is well deserved judging by the amount of work you have obviously put into it.
Posted on: Sep 11, 2017
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