I actually have a hard time describing it - the desert landscape is varied with different colors and shape of rock - and on our drive through the park I kept thinking that it reminded me of the Flintstones cartoon. Some of the larger rocks looked like Fred and Wilma's house or the rock quarry where Fred worked. (I guess I must've watched quite a bit of TV as a kid!)As much of the desert Southwest is to me, it looks a bit otherwordly - like I was on a different planet. There are several named rock formations - elephant rock, balanced rock, seven sisters and beehive. There is even a memorial to a soldier, John Clark, who was traveling through the area and searching for water. Apparently he found none as his body was found under his wagon in 1915.
Whatever it reminds you of, it's definitely a unique place. I thought it was just so cool. We drove through the entire park - though probably at a quicker rate than those who made it their only destination - and got a sweet surprise of spying some bighorn sheep. We climbed the ladder to view the petroglyphs - presumably from the Anasazi culture. Then as usual, we needed to be on our way. But I'm so glad that we took the time to stop.
If you're in Vegas and your luck has run out, or you just need an escape from the city, or you love a good state park - or all of the above - then you may want to give a visit to Valley of Fire State Park.
Things to know before you go:
- Valley of Fire is a state park comprising 40,000 acres of Aztec red sandstone located in Overton, Nevada, about northeast of Las Vegas.
- Park entrance fees are $10 and the park is open from sunrise to sunset daily 365 days per year.
- There are two campgrounds with 72 units. Campsites include shaded tables, grills and water with 24 hour access.
-The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 to 4:30
- Leashed pets are allowed in the park but not in the Visitor Center
How about you? Have you been to Valley of Fire?
This post is part of a link-up with: Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox!