Valley of Fire State Park
We really drug our feet last week on our way to Utah. Which is good, because we would not have visited Valley of Fire otherwise. We talked about going here when we left Washington, and then again when we left Arizona. And as luck would have it, when we passed through Las Vegas there was a road that went right off the freeway, to the state park. So we took it. I wish we had stayed longer however. We boondocked about 5 miles outside Valley of Fire and only spent one evening, and the next morning in the park.
What an amazing, and crazy place. The colors are so incredible, but they are plunked down in the middle of the barren Nevada desert.
I love the red rock desert, and this is the perfect place. There is red, purple, yellow, and even pinkish in this desert.
The evening we were there, I got all caught up in taking photos in one area. Little did we know there was so much more to the park. We found a great drive, but by the time we drove there the sun was down too far for photos. So we got up the next morning and made sure we were in the park for early morning light. We took the same road and pretty much had it to ourselves. Which shocked me. It was a Sunday and I thought for sure there would be photographers out and about.
It was great actually, because there were a lot of ravens and we could stop anywhere we wanted and take photos.
The sand stone is not only a great variety of color here, but the wind and water have really made some great formations.
The photography was great close up, and far away.
These photos I especially like, so I have added them to the Desert store on my photography site.
If you are close to Las Vegas, and want to see a great place I highly recommend taking the detour to Valley of Fire.