Our Sunday Drive this week features Valley of Fire State Park located just about an hour south of us not far off Interstate 15. This Nevada state park is known for its stunning rock formations, unique landscapes, and ancient petroglyphs, and the early spring is a perfect time to explore this amazing place.
As you drive through the park, you'll be greeted by towering red sandstone formations that seem to glow in the sunlight. These formations were created by shifting tectonic plates and erosion over millions of years, and they're truly a sight to behold. Some of the most famous formations include Elephant Rock, Arch Rock, and the Seven Sisters.
One of the best ways to experience the park is by taking a scenic drive through the 17-mile loop. This drive will take you past some of the park's most iconic landmarks, including petrified logs, colorful sandstone cliffs, and the Fire Wave, a swirling formation of red and white sandstone.
If you're feeling adventurous, you can also explore the park's hiking trails. The White Domes Trail is a must-see, taking you through a narrow slot canyon and past ancient petroglyphs. The cooler months are the best time to visit, the park can get very hot in July and August. But no matter when you visit, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes, as the trails can be rocky and exposed to the sun all year round.
Aside from its natural beauty, Valley of Fire State Park is also a popular spot for photography and filming. The park has been featured in several movies and TV shows, including Transformers and Westworld.
So take a drive this weekend and explore an amazingly beautiful spot that's just a short drive away!