My brother had never been to Valley of Fire, which is about an hours drive south from our house, and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The weather was cloudy and cold (for this area), but we voted to tour the park anyway.
Valley of Fire is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada and was dedicated in 1935.
I think this park is like a little unknown secret. Many people have heard of nearby Zion National Park, or Bryce. I think Valley of Fire is just as spectacular, in it's own way. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the Las Vegas area and you want to get away from the crowds.
You can read more about the park HERE. It covers 36,000 acres with nicely maintained roads, a visitors center, camping grounds, and well marked hiking paths. Picnic tables are available near most of the trail heads, and this is a great place to bring your lunch.
During the summer the temperatures reach up to 120 degrees. (Thus the name Valley of Fire).
The park is known for it's red sandstone formations. When the sun shines on these rocks, they can look like they are on fire.
Iron Oxide (rust) colors the rocks.
Since it was a cloudy day, the colors do not show up as well in these pictures. This one ribboned rock had many different colors, starting with orange at the top, moving into gold, purple, gray and creams.