Friday, April 17, 2015

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire is near the north end of Lake Mead. It gets it's name from the red sandstone formations. I think it could have just as rightfully been named Valley of Huge Red Sponges because of all the voids left in the rocks when softer material eroded away. But, you know, a rock by any other name...

There are two campgrounds, both with ramadas, tables, barbecues and potable water at each site. Atlatl Rock can accommodate monster RVs and has some electrical sites and showers. Arch campground is on the other side of the rock formation. I chose it because it felt more intimate. All sites are first-come-first-served, so grab one before afternoon.

Atlatl on the right, Arch on the left

Park entry is $10. Camping is an additional $10 per night. Sites with hookups are another $10 on top of that. Your Federal Interagency Recreation Pass is not valid, so it's a spendy place to camp, but worth at least one night.

The arch that gives Arch campground its name. I think it looks like a vomiting beaver. (Can't un-see it now)


  1. A beaver with a long tongue.

    Does Chet like it there?

  2. Gee, thanks for that image. I will never again be able to see that arch as anything but vomit.