Arch Rock, Valley of Fire State Park (NV.)
Imagine being inside a Star Trek movie, then you’re pretty close to the experience of Valley of Fire. In fact Star Trek Generations was filmed in Valley of Fire, the notorious Captain Kirk died here. It does feel like you enter another world when you enter this state park.
I may not be a huge Star Trek fans, forgive me, (I have seen all the movies,) but I do understand why this location would be perfect. Numerous other movies, and commercials, have also been filmed here. The park is easy to access, and less than an hour from Las Vegas. If you want to visit, but don’t feel like driving out to the desert all by yourself, there’s companies that have guided tours in the park, that happily pick you up in Vegas, and take you to Valley of Fire State Park.
These amazing monuments are fragile, and protected. You are not allowed to climb up on top of them (we did see people doing that.)
There is hundreds of natural caves in the park, and some formations have what looks like huge balconies. With so much housing/protection from the elements already there, it’s easy to see why early human beings choose this place for their home, despite the scarcity of water.
With every turn of the road, new totally awe-inspiring vistas opens up.
I think the highest sandstone formation, in the above photo, looks like a huge bird of prey. Can you see the open beak?
Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.
– Valley of Fire State Park visitor brochure
I hope you enjoyed the second visit to this incredible park. If you missed the first one, or simply want to re-visit, you can find the first post here. There will be two more posts from Valley of Fire State Park in a near future. To be continued..