Bighorn Sheep in Nevada Deserts

The most certain location to view wild bighorn sheep in Nevada Deserts is in Valley of Fire State Park. Here is a collection of video sightings at the Bee Hives formations, Silica Dome and Fire Canyon. It’s always an unexpected surprise and good fortune to come face-to-face with wild bighorn sheep! They seldom appear when you’re searching for them.

Valley of Fire State Park Panorama Video, Nevada

Trails / Map Topo Map Panorama Video | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Brochure and Map Valley of Fire State Park Panorama Video, Nevada – Overview As I explored Valley of Fire State Park following my Valley of Fire 6-Day Strategy, I was looking for the highest overlook where I could view the entire […]

Valley of Fire State Park Nevada 30 Waypoints

Trails / Map Topo Map 30 Waypoints | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Brochure and Map Here is a quick list of 30 waypoints in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. Each waypoint is on one of the scenic drives in the park. Use this list for: A drive-through overview of Valley of Fire […]

Valley of Fire Park Exploration – 6 Day Strategy, Nevada

Trails / Map Topo Map 6 Day Strategy | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Brochure and Map I set out to systematically explore Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada in 5 or 6 days, given 6 1/2 hours per day (about 6:30am – 1:00pm). Feel free to follow my strategy or mix it […]

Rock Formations in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Entering Valley of Fire State Park is like entering into another world and the fiery red Azetc sandstone formations sharply contrasting against their gray and tan limestone mountain background create a fantasy-like atmosphere. Over countless years wind, water and sand have created a myriad of shapes and designs beyond all human artistic genius. And there is a spiritual feeling in the valley I have only experienced in few places on earth. This is a place you can touch, experience and even enter the very rock of the earth and feel an energy that is at times overpowering. Click image or title above for more…

Petroglyphs in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Petroglyphs | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Some petroglyphs in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada may be found at the top of the Atlatl Rock staircase (found next to Arch Rock,shortly beyond the West entrance to the park), but most are found on the Mouses Tank Trail (found on White Domes Road shortly after the visitor center). The petroglyphs on Mouse’s Tank Trail comprise the majority of the slides on this page. I know of no more complete study of the Valley of Fire Petroglyphs than the 74-page Master of Arts Degree in Archaeology thesis “Valley of Fire Petroglyphs: A New Perspective On An Old Idea” by Eric Pacl. There’s a link to download the entire thesis in this article. Click image or title above for more…

Balancing Rock Trail, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Balancing Rock is one of those weird rock formations in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, that appear to defy the laws of gravity and physics. How did the rock end up in that insane balancing position? What can we learn from balancing rock? From the Valley of Fire Visitor Center, the out and back trail to balancing rock is only about .2 miles so you don’t need to hike far to experience it and come up with your best theories! Click image or title above for more…

Charlie’s Spring Trail in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Charlies Spring Trail | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Charlie’s Spring Trail in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, was an unexpected amazing discovery. While the idea of a desert oasis is always inviting, I was expecting to travel down a flat desert wash with little variation all the way to the oasis. However, after the first few miles, the wash unexpectedly took a dive into a beautiful red rock canyon before reaching the oasis. Route description: About 8 miles RT; **Mostly Wilderness, No Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Elephant Rock Loop in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Elephant Rock Loop | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Elephant Rock stands in a small grouping of lighter rocks against a backdrop of larger red rock hills near the East end of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. When I heard there was a rock named “Elephant Rock”, my first reaction was , “Sure, someone had a vivid imagination and you’re going to need to really stare at this rock to see an elephant. It’s like looking at clouds or star constellations and trying to see the images that fit the names someone gave them long ago.” Then I saw Elephant Rock and there was no doubt–it immediately looked like an elephant! Route details: 1 mile loop; **Good Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Fire Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Fire Canyon | Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Fire Canyon in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada is, as the name indicates, a canyon of fiery red rock formations both forming the canyon walls and throughout the canyon. As you pass through the canyon, you’re for the most part walking on a thick layer of beautiful red sand. This entrance to the canyon is at the end of the Rainbow Vista Trail. It’s seldom traveled, so watch for many animal footprints in the sand. Nearly every amazing red rock formation seen throughout the park can be seen in Fire Canyon including pinnacles, bee hive formations, balancing rocks, arches and shallow caverns. Route Details: Pick your distance, around 3mi RT; **Deep red rock sand surface…can drain your energy and fill your shoes!** Click image or title above for more…