|Spectacular Valley of Fire (火焰谷) in Nevada
I have toured Valley of Fire State Park four times. My first tour was on late afternoon of November 6 near
sunset time, 2006. My second tour was during the mid day on June 8, 2010. My third tour was on May 1,
2012 near sunset time. My fourth tour was on May 21, 2017 during mid day. The pictures of Valley of Fire on
this web page are from these four trips in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2017.
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Valley of Fire State Park near Overton in Nevada, USA derives its name from the fascinating blazing red color
of sandstone formations in this starkly beautiful valley of the Mojave Desert. It is located in the Mojave Desert
of southern Nevada only 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate Highway I-15 and State Route 169.
The main highway that goes through Valley of Fire State Park in East-West direction is Nevada State
Highway 169 (Valley of Fire Highway) which connects into Interstate Highway I-15 on both ends.
Map: Click here to see interactive Google Map showing location of Valley of Fire State Park
Visitors seeking to tour the City of Lights may find a tour of this natural wonder more colorful and brighter than
any casino marquee.
The Elephant Rock near Valley of Fire Road and near the East Entrance of Valley of Fire State Park.
The Arch Rock, also known as Arch of the Gods.
Rock formations that look like beehives.
The Valley of Fire is a theater for the imagination. Arch Rock, Piano Rock, Duck Rock, Fire Canyon, the
Beehives, Balanced Rock, Mouse’s Tank, Fire Canyon, Silica Dome, White Domes, Elephant Rock and the
Seven Sisters are just some of the most popular rock formations plus Petrified Logs. During sunrise and
sunset the rocks appear to come alive with fire, giving the Valley of Fire its name.
Red sandstone often appears to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays at sunset or sunrise time, giving the
Valley of Fire its name.
The brilliant red sandstone mountains and the Fire Canyon in Valley of Fire again remind me of the Flaming
Mountains (火焰山) along the historical Silk Road in XinJiang province in western China as shown on the
Fantastic multi-colored panoramic views from Rainbow Vista along the White Domes Road in northern part of
Valley of Fire State Park. This is one of the most scenic parts of the Valley of Fire because there is a
considerable mixture of color deriving from the sandstones.
More multi-colored views from Rainbow Vista. This green vs. red brilliant contrast makes the area look even
more exotic. Endless variation in geographical colors and patterns.
A fantastic panorama from a sandstone dome 150 feet above the Rainbow Vista Point can be seen at the
Every turn of the White Domes Road brings another remarkable and unique feature of the Valley of Fire into
Valley of Fire has long been admired by many artists, as evidenced by 3,000-year-old petroglyphs left on
the ancient sandstone formations by Native Americans at Atlatl Rock where a steel stairway is provided for
visitors to go up to see the petroglyphs on the stone walls.
It has served as the backdrop for major motion pictures, a laboratory for geologic study, a source of
intriguing insight into early mankind, and a photographer’s dream. Its dramatic scenery has attracted the
attention of filmmakers (such as Star Trek: Generations, 1994 and The Professionals, 1996, the western,
starring Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale), Domino (2005), Cherry (2000), Transformers
(變形金剛) has “a scene where the Autobots are driving along the valley with other military vehicles during
sunset. The outside Mars scenes from Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, were almost totally
shot in Valley of Fire. This is where Capt. James Kirk died in the motion picture "Star Trek: Generations."
In Valley of Fire, you feel as though you have been transported to an alien planet.
Valley of Fire has also been the backdrop for numerous TV shows and commercials.
藍天，怪石嶙峋之秀， 大自然的鬼斧神工， 這些山石上有很多大大
As the sun sets, the fiery-colored sandstones seem to ignite in flames.
The Valley of Fire is home to a complex array of colorful panoramas. Covering roughly 35,000 acres, the
unique geological features inside this Playground of the Gods will keep you and your camera busy all day.
Feel like a kid in a candy store.
There are numerous arches in Valley of Fire.
Sandstone pillars - Seven Sisters (seven outcrops of red rocks) in these 2 pictures with a roofed picnic area
between 2 red sandstone pillars.
Many of the formations are in yellow-gold color. This gives a striking contrast to the red sand dunes and red
rocks around them.
Brilliant contrast between white domes vs. red sandstones.
盛夏時，紅日當空，熱浪滾燙， 奇石班斕， 充滿無盡的想像。
The Valley of Fire is a theater for the imagination
It felt like no matter where I pointed the camera, the photo would always come out beautiful. It was truly a
humbling experience to see such great and mighty creations, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity
to tour this Playground of the Gods.
Hiking Trails and More Spectacular Views:
All the pictures on this web page were taken from the parking lots near Valley of Fire Road or White Domes
Road or from passenger's seat on our car when our car was moving on those two scenic roads. However,
there are several short or longer hiking trails leading to several spectacular views. However, some of these
trails require one-hour round trip hiking on the desolate Mojave Desert areas with temperature exceeding 100
degrees, no tree shades and no mobile phone service coverage such that you cannot call for help in case if
you need help. As a retiree, I did not try these hiking trails. The spectacular views, such as gorgeous and
colorful Fire Wave, on such trails taken by some hikers and photographers can be seen at:
Location and Directions:
Valley of Fire State Park is 15 miles southwest of Overton and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas in Nevada,
Valley of Fire State Park
29450 Valley of Fire Road
Overton, NV 89040
Map: Click here to see interactive Google Map showing location of Valley of Fire State Park
Direction to Valley of Fire State Park:
From Las Vegas:
1. Travel northeast on Interstate Highway I-15 to Exit 75 at Crystal/Moapa
2. At the end of Exit Ramp of Exit 75, turn right (south) into Route 169 (Valley of Fire Hwy) and go south for
about 18 miles to reach the West Entrance of Valley of Fire State Park
1. Travel southwest on Interstate Highway I-15 to Exit 93
2. At the end of Exit Ramp of Exit 93, turn left (south) into Route 169 (N. Moapa Valley Blvd) and go south
through the towns of Logandale and Overton heading towards East Entrance of Valley of Fire State Park
Detailed park maps of Valley Of Fire State Park are available at the following website:
A picture of me (Sing Lin) at Arch Rock -
This photo by Michael Chen
Our 10-Day 2010 Tour Route of Southwest USA is a large loop starting and ending in Las Vegas in Nevada,
USA. The sequence of fantastic Point-Of-Interest (POIs) on this large loop is:
Las Vegas in Nevada --------> Kolob Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah ---------> Cedar Break National
Monument in Utah --------> Red Canyon State Park in Utah --------> Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
--------> Scenic Byway 12 through beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument in Utah --------> Scenic
Burr Trail and southern Part of Capital Reef National Park in Utah --------> Goblin Valley State Park in Utah
--------> Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah --------> Canyonland National Park in Utah ---------> Arches
National Park in Utah --------> Goosenecks State Park in Utah --------> Monument Valley in Arizona -------->
Antelope Canyons in Arizona --------> Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona -------->
Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River in Arizona ---------> Navajo Bridge over Colorado River in Arizona
Scenic Highway 89-ALT from east to west along beautiful Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona
--------> Grand Canyon - North Rim in Arizona --------> Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada --------->
Hemenway Park in Boulder City in Nevada ---------> Las Vegas in Nevada.
Valley of Fire contains brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes with bizarre and intriguing
landscape. They often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays at sunset time. The rock formations
are particularly luminous as the sun's golden rays drench them just after sunrise and just before sunset. It's
during these times that the valley's rocks gather the intensity of the golden sunlight and appear to glow a deep
fiery red. It is also known as Playground of The Gods and is a photographer’s dream.
A petrified log in Valley of Fire State Park.
A quail (鹌鹑) near the visitor center in Valley of Fire State Park.
We also saw a big horn sheep on roadside. But our car was moving fast and I did not get a chance to take the
picture of the big horn sheep.
A very beautiful stretch of White Domes Roads winding through fantastic multi-colored landscape.
There's a short side road, Fire Canyon Road, that takes you about a mile off to the east of the White Domes
Road. At the end, you reach the parking area for the Fire Canyon and Silica Domes. The pictures above and
below are views of the spectacular Fire Canyon from this parking area. It shows signs of rock being forced up
from inside the earth, forming jagged folds at odd angles.
I also took four panoramic pictures of the Fire Canyon and Silica Domes in Valley of Fire State Park as shown
on my Travelogue web page at:
Valley of Fire Road and White Domes Road
In this picture, I was looking from north to south along the scenic drive of White Domes Road through this
There are two major scenic roads in Valley of Fire: Valley of Fire Road and White Domes Road. These two
roads are perpendicular to each other. Valley of Fire Road (Highway 169) is in East-West direction through
the Valley of Fire State Park, whereas White Domes Road is in north-south direction. Each road has several
scenic overlook roadside parking lots for visitors to park and to enjoy the fantastic views. These two scenic
roads have a "winding" intersection in the area in front of the Visitor Center of Valley of Fire.
Detailed park maps of Valley Of Fire State Park are available at the following websites:
Therefore, no journey to Valley of Fire State Park is complete without experiencing the detour from Valley of
Fire Road (Highway 169) to go north along the fantastic scenic drive of White Domes Road!
One of Silica Domes as viewed from the parking area of Fire Canyon & Silica Domes.
The following web page describes how I use information age technologies to enhance my enjoyment greatly
of sightseeing driving tour through very large loop of thousands of miles and of one to two weeks in duration
covering many Points of Interest:
There are four permitted locations for weddings in Valley of Fire: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, The Visitor’s
Center, and The Cabins.
Amazing rock formations seen along White Domes Road.
Another view of the Elephant Rock.
綺麗的景色， 絢麗的色彩， 大開眼界。