Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Weather
Planning a trip to this beautiful state park requires knowing what to expect from the weather. The Valley of Fire Nevada Weather compromises temperatures from the low 50‘s all the way up to 120! January to March is where you will get the lower temperature. And these favorably lower temperatures return again in November and December. The Valley of Fire State Park closes the Fire Wave/Seven Wonders due to high temperatures from June 1 to September 30th. Aside from the first couple of weeks of June, temperatures average 105 degrees and can reach up to 120 degrees! With no trees around and a whole lot of desert, one can easily die from heat stroke. Therefore the state park does not recommend hiking in the summer climates.
Valley of Fire State Park Fees
For Nevada residents, the entrance fee to the Valley of Fire State Park cost $10.00 per vehicle. For Non-Nevada residents, the entrance fee is $15.00 per vehicle. Camping at the Valley of Fire State Park cost $20.00 per vehicle, per night. Camping vehicles cost $25.00 per night +$10.00 for sites with utility hookups. And finally, bikes cost $2.00 each. They accept cash or credit card.
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada History
150 million years ago, during the Dinosaur Age, this area used to be all sand dunes. Over time, the sand dunes formed into red sandstone. Native Americans eventually used this land for hunting, gathering, farming, and performing religious ceremonies. You can still see their writings (petroglyphs) in some of these sandstones after 4000 years!! After Ancestral Puebloans came and left in AD 500-1150 due to drought, the Nuwuvi people came to reside. And in 1930, Nevada’s first and largest state park became known as the Valley of Fire State Park.
Valley of Fire State Park Photos
Having gone to the Grand Canyon West the day before, the Valley of Fire State Park in our opinion is so much better! The majestic sandstone formations are a beautiful uplifting site to see in a desert. The ride to get here is so plain and deserted that when you get to the scenic part of the pathway to the Valley of Fire State Park, you’ll be mesmerized and happy that you drove an hour to get here from Vegas to the middle of nowhere.
Valley of Fire State Park Animals
In a desert, you may not think many animals exist, but some have come to adapt and survive here which is miraculous. The state park has birds such as the roadrunner, mockingbird, raven, shrike, owls, hawks, wrens, and others.
The Valley of Fire State Park also has iguanas and chuckwallas. They also have spiny, zebra-tailed, and horned lizards hiding and sometimes basking in the sun. While we thankfully did not come across this, one can also spot coachwhips, speckled rattlesnakes, and sidewinders. Apparently, they have desert tortoises that are considered protected species that you may spot here as well.
The Valley of Fire State Park also has ground squirrels, kit fox, big-horned sheep, coyotes, and black-tailed jackrabbits, We came across many big-horned sheep. They are such beautiful and calm mammals. These sheep walked for miles and came across a water spigot. Of course, we had to stop and give them water. Once they heard the sound of water, they walked over to us unafraid and thankful. It amazes us how these guys can survive out here. If we didn’t actively pump the water, there was no water nearby.
What to bring to the Valley of Fire State Park?
Make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car. It takes an hour to get here, and there’s one gas station about 5 miles from the entrance of the state park. Next, make sure to bring plenty of water to the state park preferably in your reusable water bottle. They have a gift shop at the Visitor Center, but it’s limited. They do have cold water here. They have a Pedialyte drink that we would recommend buying which helps with electrolyte loss.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!!! There’s no shade!!! As such, we would highly encourage you to bring a hat and sunglasses! We would recommend long, light-colored clothing, and tennis shoes. And don’t forget your camera! While you’ll likely bring your cell phone, you won’t be able to use it as there’s no cell service. You can, however, pay for Wifi at the visitor center and Atlatl Rock Campground.
Valley of Fire State Park Itinerary
You can easily spend a day here. Because everything is so spread out, you will need a car or a motorcycle to cover the entire land. Thankfully, the roads are nice and scenic. You can also spend several days here on their campgrounds. Amenities include picnic tables, water, fire pits, and showers. There is a total of 72 units. We would not recommend staying past 3 days. And if you plan to camp, we would recommend their cooler months.
If you are pressed for time, we would recommend going to see Atlatl Rock, Arch Rock which is on the way to Atlatl. We recommend visiting Rainbow Vista, White Domes Road, the Fire Wave, and Seven Wonders.
Atlatl Rock is where you will see the petroglyphs. These ancient drawings have existed for over 4000 years! While they don’t know what they mean, the petroglyphs represent Native American thoughts. And they are actually quite sharp and clear. The State Park prohibits vandalizing or touching these petroglyphs to preserve them for generations of people to see.
Arch Rock is viewable from your car as it’s a pretty big arch so it’s not hard to miss. Rainbow Vista is known as the “Adventure in Color”. The ridges, valleys, domes, and canyons are all a part of the rainbow vista. This wilderness area is virtually untouched, a time when Dinosaurs roamed the planet. It’s definitely a beautiful drive to see all this, but be sure to get out of your car, and hike a little bit too.
“The Professionals” a 1966 movie was filmed along the White Domes Trail. There are white peaks at the beginning of the trail on the way to the slot canyon which gives the White Domes Trail its name. It takes about an hour to walk the loop and it’s slated as moderate difficulty.
The Fire Wave and Seven Wonders are also slated as moderate difficulty. They include colorful canyons and rock formations.
You will truly enjoy your time here at the Valley of Fire State Park no matter which itinerary you choose! We promise it’s every bit worth the drive!