Valley of Fire State Park, a short drive from Las Vegas, features a colorful desert landscape with excellent trails and facilities. If you’re looking to escape the lights and crowds of the Strip, this is a great option for a day trip.
Valley of Fire is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Admission is US$10 (as of November 2017), paid at the east or west entrance stations. As this is a state park, no interagency passes are accepted.
On my first visit, I entered from the east. There was no attendant on duty and payment was via cash in an envelope. On my second visit, I entered from the west and paid an attendant in a booth.
The visitor center is located at the beginning of White Domes Road. Outside, there’s a marker indicating the park was Nevada’s first state park. Inside, you can learn about the geology, history, and wildlife found at the park. There’s a water bottle fill station as well.
There are two campgrounds near the west entrance. Atlatl Rock and Arch Rock Campgrounds have access to water and restrooms as well as shaded tables. All campsites are on a first come, first served basis.
Along the two scenic drives (Valley of Fire Highway and White Domes Road), there are shaded picnic areas and restrooms.