Great American Western Road Trip: Day 1: Valley of Fire

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Hello Hiveians and welcome back! 

Today we're going to pick up where I left off on my previous post and explore the Valley of Fire! 

For those who don't know, the Valley of Fire is a state park not too far from Las Vegas, which makes it almost a no brainer to visit if you're in the area.

We left off in the last post on the road to Valley of Fire at the break of dawn. We arrive, and it's a 15$ day fee. We pay that and then head to the first decent pull over spot to hang out, get orientated wit the area and have some breakfast, with a view.

While we're eating, a guy came by us and mentioned that a water pipe had burst not far from us and that some long horned sheep were by it having a drink. So we headed over to see if we could get a view.

We get there and don't see anything. We must have been too late, but then I notice something moving not far from us.

Not sure if he was another coming for a drink, or if we scared him off and he started coming back, but he came right back to the spot!

So that was a pretty awesome way to start the day here! After that we headed back to the van to make a game plan for the day. But first, we checked out the "Beehives" as they're called, since they are right where we were parked.

After that, we headed further into the park, heading towards the actual Valley of Fire and the Fire Wave. On our way to next stop was Atlatl Rock, which has ancient carvings on it, which you can see here.

It was pretty amazing to see something like this in it's authentic location and not a museum or something. We explored this area a bit and saw a few cool rock formations and small arches.

After that, it was back to the van and further into the park. But everywhere you drove, you just saw these amazing Red Rock formations and views!

Our next stop would be a relatively small hike down to an overlook of the Valley of Fire. It didn't take too long, but it wasn't too impressive either.

After that, we drove further down to a drive up look out point of the Valley of Fire, which also wasn't too impressive. But on our way there, we got temporarily road blocked.

From there, we headed to the trail head for the Fire Wave, which to me seemed like the coolest thing there. It's named after The Wave, which is a well known and famous formation in another part of Utah, but it's very difficult to get a permit to visit. So I had high hopes for the Fire Wave, and it delivered fairly well!

On the way down, there was a mountain to the right with some very cool rock formations and different colors running through it.

And then we got down to the Fire Wave!

It's amazing to see such incredible and alien formations like these! After that I wanted to hike the White Dome trail too, but time was a bit tight, as we had one other park to hit on our way to Zion that afternoon. We decided to hike a small loop of it as a compromise and try to come back on our return trip back to Vegas, so here's a little of what I saw on that.

After that, it was back to the road and off towards Zion, with one last look at the amazing road through this incredible canyon!


Hope you enjoyed this adventure, have you ever been to Valley of Fire? What do you think of it? What was your favorite image or images from this adventure?

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next installment of this amazing road trip adventure!

-Sean


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