VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK

November 29, 2016



Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
From page we headed back out to Las Vegas and decided to stop off at one more destination to conclude our friends trip through the sandstone desert of the south.
Francesco Sauro in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Valley of fire is a beautiful place and is a protected state park just 40 minutes from las Vegas, which makes this place pretty accessible.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
This is both a good thing and a bad thing because it is an easy stop of paved road for us but it is also easy for the massive line of people trying to get into the entrance and being the holidays and all, it was nothing less than a bit of a mess.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
After waiting in a traffic jam complete with kids running around in the near by desert, we got through the entrance and headed straight for the fire wave region.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Fearing that there will be an ant hill of people walking up to the fire wave we took another approach through a short slot canyon and came in from the bottom up.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

I have been here one other time in the past for a finale trip when I went to Puerto Rico and death valley and thought that this place was a great ending to a nice trip so I wanted to share that experience with Laura and my friends.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
back to the hike, We first passed through a rainbow of color that literally looked like a candy store or a lush soap shop. It  was beautiful and once again, it was shocking to walk through.
Francesco and Daniela in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
I find it amazing that these colors can fuse themselves into a strata like layer as they have into these mounds but from what I understand, these colors represent different oxidation cycles that mixed in with various minerals that might have been available for the water to oxidize.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
These sand hills than became petrified with the introduction of clays and other materials that bonded the sand together.  This was also apparent in the conglomerate stone that was found higher up on these buttes.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
The result of all of this geologic wonder is a hallucinogenic state of swirling color and design that hundreds of people every day pay 8 dollars to see but very few actually truly notice when entering the park.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
You have to get out into the desert a bit to find your way around and discover more of these bling bling colors in the south Nevada desert.  
Francesco, Daniela, and Laura in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
We hiked up onto a mound of white and red striped sandstone which is amazing in itself to notice how defined and sharp the layers could actually be which I still don't quite understand.

some show boater about to do a pinwheel on the fire wave in Valley of Fire State Park
unfortunately some things have changed since my last visit and the fire wave is not a known trail with a massive parking lot and people crawling all over this feature, yes literally crawling, and cartwheeling, and posing, and doing yoga, and.....it was ridiculous actually.
Daniela, Francesco, Laura, and Adam at the Valley of Fire State Park.
so much as to photo the novelty of it all and keep moving to find our own colorful canyon to ourselves.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
We hiked up to the top of a bench where we enjoyed the sun setting over the horizon and over the fiery sandstone buttes which casted a nice color onto the valley below.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Unfortunately, this sunset was short lived and the colorful rocks flattened out a bit in photo but the memory of the amazing designs will never go away.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Actually as we hiked back to the car we saw some of the most amazing and colorful features in the park with layers of neopolotian ice cream looking marbled design in the sandstone.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Once we got to the car, the shutter stopped clicking as there is so much to enjoy around here.  Francesco wanted to travel upstream for a bit and see what could be found which was also to nobody's disappointment.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
We headed upstream there were more stripping in the rocks with hollowed out walls and sections where a fade of sand must have evenly blew with the wind creating a nice color spectrum of red orange and yellow.  
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
This place is indeed fascinating and full of interesting photo opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

On the other side of the park, people can find petrified wood and arches in the rock blown by wind and eroded by both wind and water to create some alien like looking designs.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
The park itself is quite big but there can still be a lot of people in the area that can flood the roads and the trails so I can hope that we can all keep a minimal amount of impact to this park.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
We waited until the sun just about set and headed back to Las Vegas just as the winds started to pick up and the dust bowls were throwing trash and dirt onto the roads.
Francesco in  Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada


It was a great end to a nice weekend for all of us and this place still has a shocking effect to it even after 5 years ago from when I last came to visit this park.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Next time we will have to venture farther out into the sandstone buttes to see what is far out in the desert.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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