Valley of Fire Highway

Valley of Fire Highway is the road linking the east and west entrances of Valley of Fire State Park. Along this stretch of road, there are several points of interest as well as campgrounds.

 

Elephant Rock

Starting from the east and heading west, a trail to Elephant Rock is located at the east entrance. Restrooms and park information is also located there.

Elephant Rock Trail at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Elephant Rock Trail

 

Lone Rock

Lone Rock is a huge boulder that looks as if it can tip over at any moment. A picnic table has been placed right under it, making it a scenic place to have lunch. The views across Valley of Fire Highway are also great from the picnic area, and a historic area called Cabins is just down the road. The picnic area at Seven Sisters, a series of impressive rock formations, is nearby (we didn’t visit).

Lone Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Lone Rock

View from Lone Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

View from Lone Rock

View from Lone Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

View from Lone Rock

 

Petrified Logs

There are two places to see petrified logs. We stopped at Petrified Logs West (near the west entrance) to see 225 million year old logs from an ancient forest. Petrified Logs East is near the east entrance.

Petrified Logs West at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Petrified Logs West

A petrified log at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

A petrified log

A petrified log at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

A petrified log

 

Atlatl Rock

Near the entrance to Petrified Logs East is a scenic loop road that leads to the campgrounds. On that road is Atlatl Rock, which features ancient Native American petroglyphs. A stairway takes you up to the petroglyphs.

Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Atlatl Rock

Nobody knows what the etchings mean, but they’re both impressive and haunting at the same time. The views from the rock are also impressive.

Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Atlatl Rock

Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Atlatl Rock

View from Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

View from Atlatl Rock

View from Atlatl Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

View from Atlatl Rock

 

Arch Rock

Arch Rock is just past Atlatl Rock. It’s one of the most interesting rock formations in the park.

Arch Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Arch Rock

Arch Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Arch Rock

 

Beehives

Finally, there’s Beehives. Wind and water have eroded sandstone over millions of years to create these strange formations.

Beehives at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Beehives

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