Friday, December 27, 2013

Valley of Fire State Park, NV

Valley of Fire State Park is only a couple of miles from the north entrance of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  We took Brandon to this park when he was here at the end of October, but we return because it's such an amazingly beautiful place to explore and has since become one of our top favourite all-time southwest destinations.

A candy cane dryfall. A little off the White Dome trail, we climbed some rocks and found this rainbow of rock! What the heck?
Near the end of the White Dome trail, down in a canyon that ends in a very steep, long crevice. This photo should freak out my sisters!
An area I'll call Painted Rock (or perhaps Rainbow Rock), but which has no specific trail or designation. Accessed from Parking Lot 3, hiking about 1/4 mile down towards Wash 5. This photo taken by climbing up the ridge adjacent to Painted Rock. Looks like someone spilled some paint!
A different side view of Painted Rock.
Brad on Painted Rock. It's not a huge area, but big enough to be breathtaking.
More candy stripe rocks in Wash #3.
A Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) who joined us for lunch.
Erosion at work.
Brad taking a photo along a strangely eroded "dragon's backbone".
How does sand layer in such colours and become stone? Valley of Fire is filled with such scenes.


  1. OMG, those rocks. And BTW, you freak ME out, not just your sisters :-)

  2. We could not find the location where you took this pictures. We parked at lot 3 and headed south until we got to the white domes trail at the location where the movies the professional was taken.

  3. Since there is no specific trail, it can be difficult to find. A ranger directed us to it, so ask at the Visitor Center.