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Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park, located roughly an hour northeast of Las Vegas, is a nature preservation and a recreational destination for hiking and camping. It is famous for its 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in grey and tan limestone, reminiscent of fire. Its ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs…read more »

Valley of Fire State Park, located roughly an hour northeast of Las Vegas, is a nature preservation and a recreational destination for hiking and camping. It is famous for its 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in grey and tan limestone, reminiscent of fire. Its ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs date back more than 2,000 years. Check for stargazing events held by the park or the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. Note that the park is closed at night, so you will need a campsite. An EarthSky community member says: “There is minimal air and light pollution. Great clear skies! Overnight camping is best, as they now close at sundown.”

Deborah Byrd