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Valley of Fire

Witness the vibrant red and orange sandstone formations that gave this valley its name.

Valley of Fire: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Las Vegas:Valley of Fire, California Mojave Desert Tour

1. From Las Vegas:Valley of Fire, California Mojave Desert Tour

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel (pick up starts from 7 AM) in Las Vegas. Enjoy a brief stop to take in the views at the California Mojave Desert and Moapa Indian Reservation on the way to the Valley of Fire State Park. Upon arrival, listen as your guide provides an overview of the park's geological history. Trek between the towering sandstone formations, which glow fiery red in the sunlight and are responsible for the park's name. Witness amazing petrified trees and 4,000-year-old Native American petroglyphs. Learn about the seismic fault lines that created the rugged terrain and how it has eroded over time. Hear about the Native American tribes who called this land home for thousands of years. Spend some time in the park's visitor center, where you can discover even more about the Valley of Fire. End the experience with hotel drop-off in Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

2. Valley of Fire Guided Hiking Tour from Las Vegas

Experience the adventurous side of Las Vegas and spend your day hiking at the Valley of Fire State Park. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, taking you away from the Strip and into nature! As you approach the entrance to the park you’ll have views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area in the distance. Lake Mead is the largest manmade lake in the United States. Choose from easy, moderate, or difficult hike options. During the tour your guide will share historical information about the Valley of Fire and the geology of the area. Admire petroglyph-covered walls as you trek through the desert wilderness in Nevada’s oldest State Park. As the hike continues you’ll experience mild to extreme rock scrambles that will take you to some of the most beautiful peaks and plateaus in southern Nevada. There is no shortage of excitement here, as these trails have been created with the adventurous spirit in mind. At the end of the hike you’ll stop at the park’s visitor center before returning to Las Vegas. Available Hikes: Easy (4 hours): This option is great for families and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy walk allows you to see some of the many ancient petroglyphs in the park as well as finding natural arches that are hidden throughout the park. Moderate (4-5 hours): You’ll hike at a friendly pace, although a good level of fitness is required. Explore the dramatic red rock formations while you scramble and climb landscapes of boulders, crevasses, brush, peaks, and plateaus. Difficult (5-6 hours): This is a more intense activity than the moderate and easy hikes, and is recommended for avid hikers. You’ll cover more challenging terrain for the most captivating views!

Las Vegas: Valley Of Fire State Park Tour

3. Las Vegas: Valley Of Fire State Park Tour

Escape the noise of Las Vegas and get away from it all on a shared group or private guided tour through the Valley of Fire State Park. Admire the beautiful views of red sandstone formations far away from the chaos and glitz of Sin City with your guide. Start with pickup from your hotel within the city and journey northeast to Valley of Fire State Park located in the Mojave Desert. Walk through some of the 46,000 acres of red Aztec sandstone blended with gray and tan-colored limestone. Bottled water and snacks are also provided during the hike. Admire the variety of plants and flowers to be found in the area. See cacti like beavertail and cholla as well as creosote bush, burro bush, and brittlebush.  Your guide will show the best places for stunning scenic photos. Stop at several viewpoints and photograph picturesque arches, buttes, and canyons. After your tour, relax on the scenic journey back to Las Vegas.

Valley of Fire Tour from Las Vegas

4. Valley of Fire Tour from Las Vegas

See Nature's Works-of-Art Come with us to explore one of Nevada's most visually stunning sites! The surroundings are loaded with vibrant color, fantastic rock formations, and world-class petroglyphs. You'll see nature's work-of-art at Rainbow Vista, Atlatl Rock, and Fire Canyon with petrified sand dunes sculpted into amazing shapes and contours only wind, water, and time could create. Through your travels you'll experience the magnificent backdrop of the Mojave Desert and learn about many Native American cultures. Transportation: Luxurious yet rugged, The Tour Trekker is the first-of-its-kind, high-end, all-terrain vehicle, designed and licensed to be custom-built to be THE ultimate tour vehicle. The Tour Trekker seats 10 passengers comfortably, while preserving an intimate "small group experience." Each fully-loaded Tour Trekker offers guests a state-of-the-art designed interior that includes reclining leather captain seats, 15-inch DVD players, large tinted windows for unparalleled viewing, cross compartment A/C venting increasing passenger comfort and foam insulated walls for a quieter ride and superb climate control. The longer wheel base provides a smoother ride with dual rear wheel enhancing stability and safety.

Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley & Horseshoe Bend 3-Day Tour

5. Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley & Horseshoe Bend 3-Day Tour

Get back to nature and encounter the dramatic rock formations of Arizona on a three-day trip into Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, and the Valley of Fire. Take a jeep tour of the Navajo Nation with a native guide, and get spectacular views from Horseshoe Bend. Avail of the chance to shop at the boutique stores and arts and craft shops of Sedona and more. Day 1: Las Vegas – Sedona (Wednesday) Start the day by traveling across the Mojave Desert and head up the Colorado Plateau. Journey along historic Route 66 as you make your way to Sedona. Then, take in the spectacular landscape of Oak Creek Canyon as it descends 2,000 feet (610 meters) to the valley floor. Stop to take photos of the red rocks and surroundings at the Oak Creek Canyon Overlook and Slide Rock State Park. Break for lunch in Sedona and browse the authentic Native American arts and crafts stores. Then, head into the surrounding desert to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and get panoramic views of Sedona's red rock formations, including Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Cathedral Rock. Depart Sedona in the late afternoon and drive to Flagstaff for your overnight stay at La Quinta Inn & Suites. Day 2: Monument Valley – Horseshoe Bend (Thursday) Head into Monument Valley to discover one of the Iconic symbols of the American West. Venture deep into the heart of the autonomous Navajo Nation, where the sandstone rocks tower from 400 to 1,000 feet (up to 300 meters) tall. Marvel at the near-vertical mesa buttes and see indigenous shrubs and trees. Take a jeep tour led by a member of the Navajo tribe, and go down into the valley to experience firsthand why they call this land “like no other place on earth.” Then, head to the mighty Colorado River. Visit Horseshoe Bend for a spectacular view, unique to the region. Continue to Lake Powell for your overnight stay at the Clarion Inn in Page. Day 3: Friday Antelope Canyon – Valley of Fire – Las Vegas (Friday) Start the day where “the water runs through the rocks” as per the local Navajo folklore. Tour the lower Antelope Canyon and visit the spectacular dunes created by the wind, water, and sand; there are no words to aptly describe these formations created by Mother Nature. After the tour, depart this amazing area and start making your way back to Las Vegas, along the way stopping for a lunch break and then visiting the “Valley of Fire,” named for the magnificent red sandstone formations created from shifting sands and dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago. The visit is timed to be able to see the appearance of the valley being on “fire” when reflecting the powerful sun’s rays into the valley (weather permitting). Depart the Park for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

6. Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

First stop is the Valley of Fire state park. See the famous Atlatl Rock, Elephant Rock and Rainbow Vista before you venture into the petrified sand dunes of Fire Canyon. Here, you will have the option to hike the Mouse's tank Trail (0.75-mile roundtrip). Keep your eyes peeled for Native American petroglyphs and learn about the many Native American cultures who made the Valley of Fire their home as your guide leads you through the hike. After your hike, enjoy a 13-mile scenic drive deeper into the Mojave Desert to Red Rock Canyon. Enjoy views of the 65-million-year-old Wilson Cliffs and Keystone Thrust before arriving at the Canyon where you will have some time to explore the area.

Valley of Fire and Zion National Park: 1-Day Tour

7. Valley of Fire and Zion National Park: 1-Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the wilderness and natural landscapes of Zion National Park and the Desert of Fire on this day trip from Las Vegas. Start your day heading north into Zion park. Enjoy the majesty of the mountains and the silence of the wilderness. Enjoy a tour of the area and a short walking trail along the Virgin river that runs through the park. As you begin to make your way back to Las Vegas, stop for a lunch break and then visit the “Valley of Fire,” Nevada’s first and most scenic state park. Marvel at magnificent red sandstone formations, created from shifting sands and dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago. Your visit is timed to be able to see the appearance of the valley being on “fire” when reflecting the powerful sun’s rays into the valley (weather permitting). Then depart the park for an evening arrival back in Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

8. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

Experience the incredible Valley of Fire, once the spiritual center of a great American civilization. The rock formations and Indian art will amaze you as you discover the ancient art and artifacts on a 7-hour tour. Valley of Fire State Park, covering nearly 42,000 acres, is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Its name is derived from the red sandstone formations, created by the great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. Located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation of between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, the valley abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence. The park entry on Valley of Fire Highway, designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway, passes through the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Although petroglyphs are found throughout the entire park, Mouse's Tank and Atlatl Rock are 2 areas in particular where they are relatively easily accessible. Valley of Fire has provided the setting for numerous films and television shows as well as many car commercials, including the 1966 film, The Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin and Claudia Cardinale; the 1984-1987 CBS TV show, Airwolf starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine; the 1987 science fiction cult film, Cherry 2000 starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews; the 1990 American science fiction action film, Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the 1994 American science fiction film, Star Trek Generations; Criss Angel's show, Criss Angel Mindfreak; the 2005 American action film, Domino starring Keira Knightley; the 2007 American science fiction action film, Transformers: Need for Speed: The Run, a car racing video game; and Lana Del Rey's Ride music video. This is truly a special place, and the filmmakers know it. Come and see it for yourself!

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

9. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

Escape the city and get back to nature on a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park. See the park's highlights, like 4,000-year-old rock carvings, Rainbow Vista viewpoint, and the Beehives and Elephant Rock formations. Keep your energy up and stay hydrated with snacks and bottled water.  Enjoy direct pickup from your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip (and most hotels nearby). Sit back and relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car or van (no busses!) on the way to Valley of Fire State Park. At your first stop, see large sandstone rock formations called 'Beehives' due to their shape. Next, travel nack in time 4,000 years, observing petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by ancient tribes at Atlatl Rock. Then, on to admire panoramic views of the multi-colored rock layers at Rainbow Vista. See the rarely occurring natural white domes that are 98% pure silica. Explore inside the Cabins, built in 1935 by the CCC to commemorate the park's opening. Capture pictures of the wind and rain-carved Elephant Rock formation. Relax on the drive back to Las Vegas for direct hotel drop off.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam & Valley of Fire Day Trip with Brunch

10. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam & Valley of Fire Day Trip with Brunch

Immerse yourself in the story of the Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire State Park on a guided combo tour. Discover several stunning viewpoints, stop at the Hoover Dam Museum, and savor a tasty brunch at the Bighorn Café before heading to the Valley of Fire. Be picked up from the convenience of your hotel and relax on the drive to Hoover Dam. At the first stop, explore the Hoover Dam Museum featuring a collection of artifacts, photographs, and personal stories from those who built the Dam. Next, get a chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Then it's on to the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where you'll be standing 900-feet above the Colorado River overlooking the dam. Learn how the dam was built and engineered from your local guide as you take photos from several vantage points, including panoramic views of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. Sit down to refuel at Bighorn Café inside the Hoover Dam Lodge before continuing the tour. Later, journey to the Valley of Fire State Park and travel back in time to prehistoric days while visiting Elephant Rock. Explore exhibits about the history, geology, and ecology at the visitor center. Marvel at 4,000-year-old petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by the ancient tribes at Atlatl Rock and learn how years of sediment deposits created sandstone formations at the Beehives. At the end of the tour, get taken back to your hotel for drop-off.

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What people are saying about Valley of Fire

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 520 reviews

Victor is an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable about the area, and he showed us a lot of hidden gems. He was also very considerate of our needs, with water and snacks, and restroom breaks. The state park is unique and beautiful. We would book any tour with Victor in a heartbeat! Thank you very much!

Matt is very knowledgeable about the areas history and navigating the area. He was accommodating and ensured that the hike was appropriate for everyone while ensuring we saw unique things! The snacks and cold drinks were very welcomed.

This adventure was amazing! Christine was THE BEST guide and the views were spectacular! Definitely recommend if you are an outdoor lover!

We had Charles Byrne from Pink Jeep tours, and he was beyond fabulous. Extremely knowledgeable and really interesting.

Such a beautiful place ! Great break away from the strip and to experience Nevada nature.