the wandering chick
...Valley of Fire
Nevada

Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park. It's a whole different world from Las Vegas, from which it's less than an hour away.

The breathtaking beauty of its stark red sandstone rock formations is surpassed only by the soft pastels of Rainbow Vista and White Dome, where colors you never thought you'd see in rocks form the scenic landscape.

Add petrified logs from 150 million years ago and 3,000-year-old petroglyphs and you have a state park that rivals any national park in the nation.

Rainbow Vista
The above photo and those that follow were taken at Rainbow Vista, a conglomeration of multi-colored sandstone.
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
Rainbow Vista
rock formation - a skeletal face
Rainbow Vista

Many of the rock formations in the park have been given names because, with little imagination, you can see the form of a particular object. One of them (below) is Elephant Rock.

Others aren't officially given names, but with some imagination, you see a form. Such is the one to the left that, to me, looks like a skeletal face.

Elephant Rock
The Piano

Above: Named The Piano by the park.

Below: My travel pals and I named this one The Poodle. It looked pretty clear to us.

The Poodle
faces in rocks
Above, I see faces, many faces.
Natural Arch Rock
Arches in rocks are formed by erosion from wind and rain. This one is called Natural Arch Rock.
petroglyphs at Mouse's Tank
Petroglyphs can be found in the park. The most prominent are on the Petroglyph Canyon Trail that leads to Mouse's Tank, a water basin with its own interesting story. .
Atlatl Rock
Atlatl Rock offers a sturdy staircase up to petroglyphs found there. A closeup of one is to the right.
Petroglyph at Atlatl Rock
petrified logs

The timeline of these petrified logs differ slightly in the park's brochure (which dates them to 225 million years ago) from the information boards on site, which say they came from a forest 150 million years ago, during the Age of Reptiles. But after a couple million, who's counting anyway?

They also say the trees were a type of pine.

petrified logs
wildflowers at Elephant Rock
Spring time just adds a little more beauty to what's already there at Valley of Fire State Park.
Mother Nature's artistic talent can be seen everywhere in the soft red sandstone throughout the park.
at The Cabins
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail

In the most northern section of Valley of Fire is the area called White Domes. The colors there are a startling contrast to the red sandstone found elsewhere in the park.

A wonderful one-mile loop through the slot canyon offers awesome views of the many colors that bleed from the rocks. The next several pictures as well as the three above were taken on the trail.

White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail
White Dome Trail

The name Valley of Fire is derived from the red sandstone formations that were formed during the dinosaur age 150 million years ago.

The present landscape was formed by extensive erosion, shifting and faulting, and is a continuous process.

White Dome Trail
In this photo, you can see people descending into the canyon. The good part is that, because it's a one-way loop, you avoid the steep climb back up and instead have a gradual and subtle climb out of the canyon. Thank you, Lord.
Fire Canyon/Silica Dome
This and the remaining photos were taken at Fire Canyon/Silica Dome. Fire Canyon is named for the deep red sandstone, and Silica Dome for the extreme and unique rock formations.
Fire Canyon/Silica Dome
Fire Canyon/Silica Dome
Fire Canyon/Silica Dome
Fire Canyon/Silica Dome

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