Posted September 19, 2018
Frequently used as a backdrop for commercials & films, Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation & nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres (19,000 ha). It is located about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation varying between 1,320–3,009 feet (402–917 m). The complex tectonic uplifting & faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, created the present landscape.
The rough floor & jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone & sand dunes more than 150 million years old. These pictures were taken August 11, 2018 around 6PM when it was still over 105°F (40.5°C), so I didn’t wander very far from the main roads. There are plenty more scenic locations to explore, including some with ancient petroglyphs.