Valley of Fire State Park: Park Features
- West Entrance Station: Maps, points of interest and information.
- The Beehives: Unusual sandstone formations weathered by the
eroding forces of wind and water. Located near the group area entrance.
- Petrified Logs: Logs and stumps washed into the area from
ancient forests about 225 million years ago. There are two interpretive trails leading to the petrified logs.
- Atlatl Rock: Site of many Indian petroglyphs, including a
depiction of the atlatl ("at-lat-l"), a notched stick used to add speed and distance
to a thrown spear. The atlatl was a predecessor to the bow and arrow.
- Scenic Loop Road: A two mile trip around some of the Valley's most interesting formatins, such as Arch Rock and Piano Rock.
- Visitor Center: Information, books, film and exhibits on the
Valley and surrounding areas. Ranger station located here.
- Petroglyph Canyon Self-Guiding Trail: A half-mile (0.8 km)
round trip walk to Mouse's tank through a sandy canyon, with trail markers to point
out interesting features, including fine examples of Indian rock writings.
- Mouse's Tank: Named for a renegade Indian who used the area as a hideout in the 1890's. Mouse's tank is a natural basin in the rock where water collects
after a rainfall. Water occasionally remains in the tank for several months.
- Rainbow Vista: A favorite photo point with a panoramic view
of multi-colored sandstone.
- Fire Canyon/Silica Dome: A trail offers an easy three mile
(4.8 km) round trip walk from Rainbow Vista. From this vantage point visitors
have an excellent view of the deep red sandstone of Fire Canyon, and the unique
geological features of Silica Dome.
- White Domes Area: Brilliany contrast of sandstone colors with
unique plants in the area such as the yucca. White Domes is a seven mile (11.2 km)
round trip drive from Rainbow Vista.
- Seven Sisters: Fascinating red rock formations, easily accessible from the road. Picnic areas provide a relaxing stop during your Valley tour.
- The Cabins: Now a picnic area, these stone cabins were
built with native sandstone by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) in the 1930s
as a shelter for passing travelers.
- Elephant Rock: This well-known formation accessible via a short trail from the east entrance station.
- East Entrance Station: Mounted maps, information, restrooms and
points of interest.
- Rules and Regulations
- Nearby Points of Interest
- Valley of Fire State Park
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