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The first of many update posts. Added Valley of Fire photos to the photography by Hank Plumley photo gallery.

One horned mountain goat in Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada photo by Hank PlumleyValley of Fire State Park is located in Overton, Nevada about a one hour drive North of Las Vegas. The park is Nevada’s first and oldest state park. The park has seen many settlers make their homes in the area, all of which have disappeared from the area. The Valley was the location of a large lake millions of years which is the cause of the sandstone deposits that make the splendid colors you will see when you visit. The park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, and biking. The visitors center has a wealth of information on the history of the area as well as information on the natural inhabitants of the park.

Pointers Rock formation in Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada photo by Hank PlumleyThe beauty of Valley of Fire State Park is amazing. From deep rust colors to vibrant yellow and greens are abundant, and I am speaking of the rock formations! During the summer there is little plant life that survives, but where it does it adds a nice contrast to the rocky scenery. Fall, Winter, and Spring offer better variety of brush and flowers in the Valley. The summer is the best time to see why the park has gotten it’s name. Make sure to bring a good deal of water if you visit in the summer, if not, you will regret it.

Scenic drive through the mountains in Valley of Fire State Park, Overton, Nevada photo by Hank PlumleyThere are so many photo ops in the park it’s hard to choose where to start. When arriving from I-15, you have a splendid drive to the entrance through a desert plain then a canyon. Rarely did I make it to the entrance without stopping for pictures. Once inside the park it’s like fishing in a bucket. The views and rock formations come at you from every direction. Thank god for the park map, otherwise I would have been doing circles for days instead of hours.

So if you get the chance to visit Las Vegas, make a day trip to The Valley of Fire State Park. It is worth the trip to see nature’s beauty of the desert.

As always, enjoy !