Valley of Fire Dos and Don’ts

If you ever visit Valley of Fire, be sure to bring enough water. And make sure you’ve got plenty of gas.

Valley of Fire State Park | Ken Lund/Flickr
Valley of Fire State Park | Ken Lund/Flickr

I’ve been away from this blog for quite a while, and I thought it was time to check back in. As of June, I became the Las Vegas contributor to The Culture Trip, a travel and culture website. Keeping up with that, and my regular job/life has been a little bit of a learning curve. But it’s been fun, and I’m so happy to finally expand my horizons.

I decided to go to Valley of Fire on the fly a couple weekends ago. I’ve kicked the idea around in my head for a while, but could never muster the energy to make the drive out there.  These are the types of things one normally plans out well in advance, with supplies and water and…a plan. But not I, dear reader, not I.

I packed my dogs in the car that morning, initially intent on going to one of the few dog parks near my apartment. As I came upon the freeway entrance, I made a last minute decision (not a last minute turn, I’m not that warped) to jump on the freeway and see the park I haven’t been to since I was a child.

Do leave early

This will be subjective, but I’d recommend seeing Valley of Fire early in the day if you’re visiting in the summer. If you’re staying in Las Vegas, it takes about an hour to drive out to the park, and by 8 a.m., it’s already hot. By the time my dogs and I got out there, we were panting. All of us.

Fill Up Your Tank

This is a no-brainer, but there aren’t many gas stations on the way to Valley of Fire from Las Vegas. As stated earlier, most people do their due diligence and plan for this in advance, but for the fly-by-night, seat-of-your-pants people like me (if there are any), it bears repeating.

Take Your Time

Valley of Fire is a slap in the face of anyone who thinks the desert can’t be beautiful. Whether it’s the Beehives, White Dome, The Cabins or Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire is like an outer space oasis in the middle of the desert.

Bring Extra Water

If you’ve decided to be rebellious and visit the Valley in the middle of the day, take extra water with you, especially if you’ve got pets with you. I wouldn’t recommend taking pets with you to the Valley (mine and I only lasted about 45 minutes in the park total) in the summer, but in cooler weather it shouldn’t be an issue.


Let me know if you’ve ever been to Valley of Fire, and what you thought about it.

Happy travels!


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