Valley Of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, just an hour north of Las Vegas and close to Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. A great get away if you find yourself in the area. While we had been to Valley Of Fire State Park before back in 2011, and you can read our previous posts here, here and here, we had to go back. As a matter of fact, it was high on our list of places to visit again. And we are so glad we did.
First of all, Valley Of Fire State Park does have a great campground for big rigs. The downside is that it is a no reservation, first come, first serve campground. So while you may find yourself in need/want of a campsite, you may be disappointed. We luckily were not and found a great site.
We arrived on a Wednesday, which I firmly believe helped in the matter of finding an open site, we also arrived before 10am. There is a separate RV only area in the campground that has large sites with water and electric (50amp). So they are not full hook-up, they will do for a while before you have to go to the dump station, which is right at the beginning of the campground road. While all the sites, whether they are in the rv only section or the dry campground area, are well spaced apart, I’d have to say most are not level. The first site that we pulled into, our front tires were up on blocks and we still had a hard time leveling. Spotting a big rig leaving another site that looked nice, and much more level, we decided to move to that site. And boy…are we ever glad we did. It was a great view and more importantly, LEVEL! All sites come with a campfire ring (wood available in the visitor’s center) and shaded tables and a grill.
So why do we like Valley of Fire State Park so much? Well….look at it! (Remember you can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them)
Red rocks that glow even brighter with the sunset surround you. The campground is a good distance from the main road through the park that you don’t hear anything while out there. At nighttime everyone is generally quiet so it’s very peaceful. And the stars are a plenty. What’s not to like. It would be perfect if it was a full hook-up campground but oh well, you can’t win them all.
The colors out here are awe-inspiring. From the reds to the white sandstone to everything in between. Every time we went out for a hike we kept saying how amazing the colors were out there. How interesting the rocks were with their stripes and variations and the many, many layers. You really did feel like you were walking on a Martian surface.
We had great weather while we were out there. Perfect for hiking during the day and relaxing outside in the evening.
We just can’t get enough of this park. It’s one of our favorites. It’s a very popular park and campground alike. So if you find yourself in the area and want to spend a few days out amongst the red rocks, while no reservations are taken and you can just show up on a whim, I suggest you arrive early.
When we find ourselves in the area again, we are definitely stopping at this park for a few more days of exploring.
Until then, we’ll have to relive this awesome park through David’s quadcopter video footage.