Valley of Fire Park 6 Day Exploration Strategy

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 up and either accelerate your own discovery to 2 or 3 days or pace it out over 2 weeks or more. My adventures occurred during January and early February.

Here’s how my exploration went:

Day 1

Day #1 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

  • Bee Hives Rock Formations (A quick stop on the main scenic road. Surprise appearance of big horn sheep!).
  • Petrified Logs Loop (.3 mile loop with some ancient petrified logs next to the Bee Hives)
  • Atlatl Rock (Climb a 4-5 story staircase to view fascinating petroglyphs, just off the scenic loop across from the Petrified Logs loop trail.)
  • Pinnacles Loop (a 4.5 mile loop trail next to the Atlatl Rock parking area–I missed the trail and wandered an extra mile or two!)
  • Arch Rock (beautiful natural arch next to Atlatl Rock)
  • Visitor Center (on the main scenic drive at the beginning of White Dome Road)
  • Mouses Tank Trail and Canyon (.7 miles, the greatest concentration of petroglyphs in the State of Nevada. On White Dome Road just beyond the visitor center.)

Total: 5.5 miles (This is a lighter mileage day due to viewing lots of interpretative displays and petroglyphs).

Day 2

Day #2 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Total: 7.1 miles

Day 3

Day #3 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Total: 12.0 miles

Day 4

Day #4 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Total: 17-18 miles (Including overshooting Elephant Rock Loop by a mile or two and traversing a large formation of red rocks to get back on course.)

Day 5

Day #5 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Total: 18.9 miles

Day 6

Day #6 Exploration of Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Total: 8-9 Miles