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Valley of Fire

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20181124_104115.jpg While camping in Vegas, it was a must to visit the Valley of Fire for the day.
Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. At the Visitor Center, Landon was able to complete his Ranger assignment by checking out exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. Upon receiving his badge we were ready to continue exploring.
We did notice a large number of tourists, something that was unusual for us. Of course we picked the busiest time of the year. The week of Thanksgiving. 5E8F2C2EDCC71D457F573617E097469C.jpg
20181124_104335.jpg There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. A dump station and showers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.
Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert approximately 58 miles Northeast of the Las Vegas Strip. It covers an area of approximately 35,000 acres and was named for the magnificent red sandstone formations. They were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago. These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire, depending on how the sun reflects on them.
We were lucky and had a pretty close encounter with 2 bighorn sheep. They must be used to people, because they were not intimidated. It seemed that they were checking us out too. 5E8D7BB6DD0C5CC47DC24BC30F698561.jpg
While we hiked Petroglyph Canyon our stomachs couldn't hold out any longer and we wrapped up the day . I could spend 2 days here, maybe next time we camp at Atlatl or Arch campground and really experience the Valley of Fire. 5E8E19D4AC0B47BE4CE6E95558184CF0.jpg 20181124_134145.jpg 5E8CF1DBE5C0C676CFD1BAD1750EF0A7.jpg

Posted by Meike Carter 09:15

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