Valley of Fire

Price guide: Budget

29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, Nevada, 89040

Price guide: Budget

Valley of Fire
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expert-rated things to do in Las Vegas
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Valley of Fire

A huge park area of desert backed with flame-coloured rocks, this is the ultimate escape.

Want to go to Valley of Fire? There's good news and bad news. The bad, first - it takes over an hour to drive there, and temperatures are sizzling. The good - it's one of the most beautiful places you'll go in your life. 

Even devotees of Red Rock Canyon like me can see that Valley of Fire is something special. 36,000 acres of land and 20 miles of road weaving through it. Bright orange sandstone cliffs in the middle of the desert. Ancient petroglyphs inked in the rockface by native Americans. Sandstone arches caused by millennia of erosion. It's really quite incredible and - I don't use the word lightly - breathtaking. If you don't have time to make it to the Grand Canyon, you must make time to visit this state park. 

Price advice: 

US$10 per car.

Expert tips: 
Take water - it's much hotter out here than in the city.
Leave at least an hour to get there - speed restrictions mean it takes a while, once you get off the motorway.

More information on Valley of Fire:

Price guide:
National park / nature reserve, Natural wonder
29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, Nevada, 89040
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
The park is open from sunrise to sunset. The visitor centre is open daily 8.30am-4.30pm.

Have you been to Valley of Fire? Would you recommended it?