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Explore Valley Of Fire State Park Nevada (Between Las Vegas And Zion National Park)

As one of the best outdoor destinations near Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park Nevada is a perfect stop on the way from Vegas to Zion National Park. Located northeast of Las Vegas and southwest of Zion, the park boasts stunning red and pink rock formations, slot canyons, and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Look no farther for family-friendly adventures and breathtaking landscapes as either a day trip or a stop on your next road trip.

How To Get To Valley Of Fire State Park Nevada

One of the best ways to reach Valley of Fire State Park Nevada is from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. The park is located 1 hour from the airport, making it an easy day trip from Las Vegas or a great place to stop and explore on your way to Southern Utah. Take I-15 north from the city to exit 75, Valley of Fire Highway. Follow Valley of Fire Highway another 12 miles to reach the park.

The next closest airport, at only 1 hour and 30 minutes away, is St George Regional Airport located in St George, Utah. While the flight options aren’t as expansive as those offered from Harry Reid International Airport, this airport is a centrally located hub for vacationers looking to split their time between Valley of Fire State Park Nevada and Southern Utah. Take I-15 south from the city to exit 93, NV-169 also known as Moapa Valley Boulevard. Follow NV-169 to Valley of Fire Highway where you can enter the park.

For those already visiting Zion National Park, Valley of Fire State Park Nevada is only 2 hours and 30 minutes away. This is an easy drive on well marked roads making it a fun day trip from Zion National Park. For full driving directions click here.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Valley Of Fire State Park Nevada?

The best time to visit Valley of Fire State Park Nevada is from October through April when temperatures are more pleasant and mild. Summers can be extremely hot, making even short hikes difficult due to the intense heat. Regardless of the season, it's essential to pack water. In all seasons, the park is less crowded earlier in the day. 

Valley Of Fire State Park Nevada Info

Valley of Fire State Park Nevada charges an entrance fee of $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. It's important to note that cell service is unavailable within the park, so make sure to pick up a park map or download maps prior to arrival. While exploring, pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet to ensure the safety of wildlife and other visitors.


The park is primarily accessed via two main roads: Valley of Fire Highway and Mouse’s Tank Road. Valley of Fire Highway hosts several iconic sights and hiking opportunities, including Atlatl Rock, Beehives, Elephant Rock, and Seven Sisters. Mouse’s Tank Road, also known as White Domes Road, leads northward into the park and offers access to stops like Mouse’s Tank, Rainbow Vista, Fire Wave, and White Domes. These well-maintained roads provide convenient access to the park's hikes and sights, making it easy for visitors to explore the park.

Valley Of Fire Nevada Best Hikes

White Domes Loop

This 1.1 mile loop is rated as easy to moderate due to some loose sand and rough terrain. Your reward for trudging through the sand at the start of the hike is a surprise slot canyon and the ruins of an old movie set making this a popular hike among visitors . Bathrooms and picnic tables are available at the trailhead.

Fire Wave

Featuring the iconic Fire Wave, the Fire Wave Trail is a moderate 1.5 mile out and back hike with minimal elevation gain. Sand and rough terrain make this hike perfect for those looking for a quick adventure and the wave-like rock formations are ideal for climbing and running along.

Rainbow Vista

The Rainbow Vista trailhead is home to the iconic Mouse’s Tank Road photo-op. After capturing that Instagram worthy pic, explore this easy, family friendly hike. In only 1 mile, you’ll get beautiful rock formations and an incredible view over Fire Canyon. This trail can be especially hot in the summer months, so try to hit it first thing in the morning.

Mouse’s Tank

Mouse’s Tank is a must-hike trail for visitors with kids. The 0.75 mile trail has some loose sand, but is still rated an easy hike. Kids will enjoy the opportunities for off-trail rock scrambling as well as the many petroglyphs found along the way.

Atlatl Rock 

While not a true hike, Atlatl Rock is a must-see while in Valley of Fire State Park Nevada. From the parking lot, climb 50 ft up a sturdy metal staircase to be treated to red rocks covered in vivid petroglyphs. The rock gets its name from one of the most easily identifiable petroglyphs, a precursor to the bow and arrow called an atlatl. 

Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is a unique, aptly named elephant shaped rock formation. To reach Elephant Rock, it is an easy 0.2 mile hike. For those wanting a bit more adventure, continue on for an easy to moderate 1.25 mile loop. Please note, while you can climb up to the rock formation, it is not permitted to climb the elephant itself.

What To Pack 

  • HIKING SHOES OR HIKING SANDALS - Hiking shoes or hiking sandals are an excellent option for hiking in Valley of Fire. Click here for my favorite hiking sandals on the planet..... I'm a Teva's girl!

  • HIKING CLOTHES - Wear comfortable, light and breathable clothes if visiting in the summer. If visiting in the spring/fall, bring a light jacket. Chances are it will warm up mid-day.

  • SUNSCREEN - Always take sunscreen with you wherever you go in the desert

  • HAT & SUNGLASSES - The sun is intense. Having a hat and sunglasses is a must.

  • SNACKS, SACK LUNCH, AND LOTS OF WATER - Always hike with snacks and plenty of water. Bring a lunch with you if you want to spend more than 3-4 hours in the park since there aren't any place to eat in the park, and the closest food spot is 30 minutes away.

  • HIKING DAY PACK - You will want a small backpack to carry snacks, water, camera & phone.

Other Things To Do Nearby

Valley of Fire State Park Nevada can be explored in one day. While in the area, make it a full vacation by visiting some of my other favorite cities and parks.

St. George 

Where to stay when visiting Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

Finding the perfect lodging for your trip can be a struggle.....but it doesn't have to be! I have stayed at the Valley Of Fire Campgrounds a few times and loved it so much, so that is my top choice for you.

Check out my other favorite places to stay (yes, I’ve spent the night at them all!) near Valley of Fire State Park Nevada and in Southern Utah.

I hope this post inspires you to make a stop at Valley of Fire State Park on your drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park!

Happy Adventuring,




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