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    Valley of Fire

    Las Vegas Trip 2012
    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    The Original Trip Report on ADVENTR.CO

    After another night at our hotel in Las Vegas we were up early and on our way out of the city and over to Valley of Fire State Park. I was looking forward to visiting this amazing little area and we were planning on spending the full day here. Even though a full day was nowhere near enough time to explore the whole park, we managed to see a lot and took many photos.

    The sun came up just as we were nearing the entrance to the park. I loved the way the light was striking the mountains as we drove through this area, so I had to quickly stop and compose a shot.


    Golden Morning by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Driving into the golden morning light.


    Fire Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Road Light by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    After finally arriving at the park I quickly went searching for some arches near the entrance...


    Arch & Tiny Moon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    ...including the famous Windstone Arch.


    Windstone Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    As we drove further into the park we came across this old bighorn sheep along the road.


    Old Bighorn by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    A closer look from the side.


    Tasty by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Our next stop was at Atlatl Rock. The main petroglyph panel was half in the sun and half in the shadows, so we decided to visit again later in the day. I did take a quick photo of the stairway up to the main panel before leaving.


    Atlatl Rock Stairs by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Here's an interesting petroglyph of a foot found on the main panel.


    Hanging Foot by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Our next stop was at Arch Rock just a little ways down the road.


    Arch Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    After looping through the campground we stopped by the Visitor's Center where I took this photo of 'The Scream'


    The Scream by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    When we were done at the Visitor's Center we took the short hike to Mouse's Tank through Petroglyph Canyon. I knew there were some petroglyphs along the way, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there quite a few here. It seemed that everywhere I looked there were new petroglyphs to be found!

    Look closely for the turtle or tortoise in the photo below.


    Turtle Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Daisy Chain by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    That looks like one tall ladder in the middle of this panel.


    Tall Ladder Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    This alcove was just packed with petroglyphs all over the place. Click on the photo for a larger view to see them all.


    Petroglyph Cove by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Elk Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    There were a few petroglyphs located on this small arch. You can see some others in the background, too.


    Petroglyphs on an Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Hiking back to the car through Petroglyph Canyon.


    Petroglyph Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Before leaving the area we spotted this panel of petroglyphs nearby which led us to a few other panels.


    Roadside Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Bird Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Men & Spirals by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Upper Panels by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Back on the road again...


    Road Through a Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Great colors and scenery no matter where you look.


    Valley of Fire View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Striped Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    We stopped for a quick hike through Pink Canyon.


    Pink Canyon View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Pink Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    We climbed out of the wash to visit the Fire Wave. We didn't stick around long since I was planning on returning here for sunset.


    Swirls by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    After leaving the park for some lunch in nearby Overton we were soon back again and ready to explore some more.


    Park Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    On our drive back into the park I made the short hike up to Elephant Arch.


    Elephant Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Then we stopped by The Cabins.


    The Cabins by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    I even found another petroglyph panel near The Cabins.


    Cabin Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    This rock nearby sure looks like a large goldfish to me.


    Goldfish Rock by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    Then it was back to Atlatl Rock to search for more petroglyphs...and there were a lot of them!


    Atlatl Boulder by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Medicine Wheels Panel by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    On our way to the White Dome Trail I stopped to search for Crazy Hill. The colors here are just amazing! They would probably look even better if these photos were taken under the harsh afternoon sun.


    Crazy Colors by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr


    Color Stripes by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    We finally made it to the White Dome Trail and hiked down through the slot canyon.


    White Domes Slot by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    At the end of the slot canyon was this small area of colorful sandstone.


    Small Slot by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    After finishing the White Dome Loop it was back to the Fire Wave to catch the sunset.


    Fire Wave Sunset by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    The last light of the day touches the very tip of the Fire Wave.


    Sun-Tipped Wave by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

    We had a great day exploring Valley of Fire and I can't wait to get back there again in the future!

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    Randy Langstraat
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    Outstanding photos! I always enjoy your reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandstone Addiction View Post
    Outstanding photos! I always enjoy your reports.
    Thanks :)
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    Outstanding photos! I always enjoy your reports.
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    Killer man!
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    Excellent. I am now officially putting Valley of Fire on my list. And fantastic photography
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    Great report and pictures! We made a quick stop at the VoF on our way from Paria Plateau two weeks ago. Unfortunately, we only had a few hours before the flight. Definitely plan to go back there. Thanks for sharing.

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