Photo Friday: Valley of Fire State Park
As far as I can tell, in the aftermath of my April 2021 Grand Canyon rafting trip, I never did share a post on an amazing spot we visited on the way home--Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. That conveniently gives me a photo post for this week!
This was a quick overnight stop on our way home--we pulled in mid-afternoon and nabbed just about the last campsite at the Arch Rock campgound.
|I was traveling with my brother- and sister-in-law. My vehicle is the small one :) Note that the campsites had nice shade structures over the tables--much needed, even in late April.|
I did a quick exploration near our camp as the sun dropped, enjoying the low light and some great treats among the rocks.
|The Arch Rock for which the campground is named.|
|Atlatl Rock is a large pictograph panel, with a set of stairs allowing for close views. Note the hunters and the bighorn sheep. The other campground is named for this rock.|
|The artist's model.|
We were up early to drive out the Mouse's Tank road to the Fire Wave trailhead, hoping to capture the morning light on some of the truly stunning rock out there.
|First sun at the Valley of Fire overlook.|
|The sun was definitely up by the time we reached our trailhead just before 7 a.m.|
It's a pretty popular hike, but we beat everyone by starting early. A short walk brought us out into the iconic striped rocks.
|The Fire Wave|
|Large stripey dome next to the Fire Wave.|
At this point we figured we'd seen the best there was, but decided to make a loop hike out of it, as you can continue up a wash back to the road not far from the parking lot. We found that, perhaps, we had seen the least of it. We ended up continuing on for a 6-mile hike up various washes on the other side of the road, with stunning slots and colorful rocks everywhere. The photos need no narration.
By the time we finished our hike, the sun was high and it was getting hot. Time to continue our interrupted trip home.
©Rebecca M. Douglass, 2023
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Geology in action! And in the most colorful way :)Delete
Always a wonder to see what others catch in better light.ReplyDelete