Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
About an hour northeast of Las Vegas is Valley of Fire State Park. We've driven up and down I-15 for years, and while we've seen the sign for the park, we had no idea of the beauty that lay "just over the hill." You exit the interstate, head east for abut 15 miles through some pretty barren terrain, enter the park in a limestone canyon, and then the red rocks take over the scenery. They're Aztec Sandstone, which is the same formation as the famous white and red Navajo Sandstone of Zion National Park, and the Nugget Sandstone of northern Utah/southwestern Wyoming. Last year we visited the park over several days, and did some hiking and exploring the side roads. This year we drove through just so I could take a few photos now that I have a digital camera.