Are you looking to get away from the craziness that is Las Vegas? I have a fun option! The Valley of Fire is one of the best day trips from Las Vegas! Located in the Mojave Desert, VOF is only an hour away, and is nothing short of beautiful.
We were hiking in Zion over the weekend, so we ended up driving an hour out of the way to check out Valley of Fire on our way to Vegas. But many people choose to rent a car (pretty cheap in Vegas) and drive the short distance to get away from the glitz and glam of the strip. I was so glad that we decided to take the time and check it out! It really did look as if the red sandstone was on fire, the way it glimmered in the sun.
Valley of Fire is only 55 miles Northeast from Vegas, making it a super easy one hour drive. You can opt to rent a car for the day and explore yourself, or you can book a tour. Since Valley of Fire is still pretty unknown compared to other locations near it, such as the Grand Canyon, you won’t be bombarded with tons of crowds and tourists. To get there, head North on Interstate-15 until you see the Valley of Fire exit and turn right until you end up at the park.
You may not be surprised, but in the summer, it’s HOT! We visited the second weekend of May and temperatures were well into the 90’s. Make sure to bring lots of water! In the fall and winter, however, temperatures can actually get below freezing.
It only costs ten dollars per car to get into the park. If you want to take an entire night off from the strip as well, camping is only $20 dollars (and will save you a bunch compared to the hotels on the strip!)
We didn’t do much research before heading to Valley of fire, and we only had an hour to visit before we had to head back to Vegas, so we just kind of explored on our own. But if you have more time, and have water and sunscreen, here are some great ideas!
Fire Wave Hike – an easy hike that is only 1.5 miles long
White Domes- A 1.1 mile hike that features gaps through narrow canyons and sandstone rocks with white domes
Elephant Rock- this is only 0.3 miles from the parking lot!
Pink Canyon – Look for a small sign labeled #5, then head west, and you will run into a beautiful rock formation with a pink hue!
Arch Rock- an ideal photo opportunity that sits right on the side of the road!