It’s only been 2 months since our Death Valley trip and I have yet to post about our side trip to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. (If you missed my Death Valley report here is Part 1, Part 2, Finale.)
So…FINALLY, here it is.
On our way home from Death Valley we decided to take a side trip to Valley of Fire State Park just north of Las Vegas, NV. We only spent 1 day and 2 nights there but we were able to cram in a lot in that short amount of time. Bedge and I visited Valley of Fire back in 2005 and we were in awe of the landscape, the amazing colors and how clean and well maintained the park was. We were excited to get back and show J-Man how cool it was.
This time around it did not disappoint, either.
We settled into camp the first night, relaxed and J-Man played with his bubbles.
The next day the fun began.
Our first hike was Rainbow Vista Trail and J-Man was eager to hike on his own. It’s an easy rolling hike and only 1 3/4 miles round trip. J-Man had fun spotting lizards, smelling flowers and climbing on the rocks (of course).
Leading the way
Getting a better view with Dad
After the Mountain Vista hike we had a picnic and then visited a small slot canyon that Bedge found while out photographing sunrise. The slot is not on a map and you would never know it was there just passing by. It was quite the find. (Thanks for the discovery, Bedge) The colors and patterns in the slot canyon were amazing.
Love the colors and patterns
J-Man’s first slot canyon
Water kept us from going any further. So, J-Man sat and threw rocks in it.
After the mini slot canyon we did another short hike to Mouse’s Tank. It is a 1.2 mile round trip hike that meanders in and out of canyon walls that are covered in petroglyphs. It is always interesting to see the different petroglyphs scrawled on the rocks. We saw some that we have not seen in Moab. (Moab has tons of petroglyphs)
On his way
Awesome petroglyphs along the trail
J-Man finished the day by blowing bubbles
We had such a great time even though our time there was short. We look forward to going back for more exploration of the park.
If you get a chance it is a must see. We have added this park to the list of our favorite state parks.
What’s your favorite state park?