The Valley of Fire is the oldest Nevada State Park established in 1935. It is famous for bright red Aztec sandstone formations and petroglyphs.
The Valley of Fire just an hour drive from Las Vegas is quite popular. The winter time is the quietest. Best light for photography at sunrise and early morning as well as later in the afternoon and during sunset. If you plan to visit the park come here for the entire day and bring your lunch in a cooler.
Weather / Climate
The summer is boiling with daytime temperatures ranging from 38°C / 100°F to 49°C / 120°F. Thunderstorms and heavy showers can occur. The winter is mild with pleasant temps up to 24°C/ 75°F and freezing nights. Occasionally rain can occur during this time of the year. The best seasons to visit the desert are spring and autumn.
Busier during the best weather conditions in spring and fall, especially from February to late May. Both campgrounds are filled up before midday. Weekends are more crowded than weekdays. Less busy in the summer; many visitors want to avoid the boiling heat during the daytime. The winter is also an option to enjoy the scenery almost alone. Anyhow, it’s a State Park and not a National Park, therefore often underestimated. Limited parking at all stops: Arrive either early (before 9 a.m.) or late (after 6 p.m.) during the peak season.
Opening Hours for the Valley of Fire State Park and Visitor Center
The park is open from sunrise to sunset and the Visitor Center from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. It's a small but nice visitor center. They provide you with information about the history and a map as well. A short film about the State Park is shown.
Highlight During Spring
In spring several plants like the desert marigold, indigo bush or desert mallow are in full bloom.
Pay attention to the speed limit; the Hwy is frequently patrolled!!
Accommodations Nearby in Las Vegas
Due to the close proximity to Las Vegas, many day-trippers come to the Valley of Fire. Even if you don't plan to camp here, it's worth to drive one hour. Vegas offers all types of accommodations; here is a list of the Top 10 Hotels in Las Vegas. Bookmark the link to get the best rates for your stay.