Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park
Lake Mead, and Valley of Fire State Park, NV are about the halfway point for us when leaving Arizona, and going to Utah. We like to boondock around Lake Mead, and this time of year there are baby desert bighorn sheep in Valley of Fire. Last week we got to the area, and where lucky early one morning when it rained on is in the park. We had gone early to try and find the bighorn sheep, and while we were out hiking it began raining. We ducked under a natural rock formation and waited it out. We’ve been to Valley of Fire several times, but never in the rain, so I was excited to see the transformation in the land when it was wet.
It’s such an incredible landscape anyway, I never get tired of visiting. And every time we go I see something new.
It was nice to have some cloudy skies too, totally different than what we usually see there.
Dr. Seuss land.
And we saw desert bighorn sheep. This guy was peeking at us from behind the rocks.
He then decided to come down, right towards us.
Only to climb up another steep rock face. These guys are so amazing.
He posed so nicely for me.
Then off he went.
A couple of times we saw small groups of moms, and lambs. The very best time though was our last morning there when we came across probably 30 bighorn sheep, with several lambs among them.
He was trying to get this one up.
So they could play.
Getting some momma time.
The adults are always fun to watch too. This guy was trying to keep everyone in line I think.
I watched this young male make his way up the rocks. Mid air leap.
He then settled down to watch everyone from his high vantage point. It was funny because we watched them all graze, then slowly everyone laid down in the sun and rested. It was by far the biggest group we have seen there, and was such a treat.
There were a few ravens too, not as many as we have seen in the past though. Sadly.
It was a nice couple of days in a very beautiful place. We arrived in Utah last Sunday night, and will be here until June. Lots of artwork to create for our upcoming summer shows.
I love how naturally inspiring your world is!
We have also enjoyed a stay at Valley of Fire State Park. We were fortunate to see several sheep and a desert tortoise. The rock formations, slot canyons, and petroglyphs make it a great place to visit.
Hello, what a beautiful park. I would love to see the sheep. Great collection of photos. Enjoy your day!
The scenery there is so interesting with the rock formations and different colors. The sheep really put on quite a show for you!! I especially love the shots of the one up high on the rocks with the blue sky behind him.
Another place you’ve put on my “to visit” list…
I bet the rocks took on a darker , richer color after the rain. I always enjoy the smell after it rains in the desert… so fresh.
Since I have been here… almost 6 years… I have never seen the Bighorn Sheep! I need to come be a fly on the wall, ummm well maybe your camera so I can see some!
Thank you for sharing!
WOW! The colors of the desert are just breathtaking!! And I love the bighorns – and the way they seem to enjoy posing for you. Sad that there were not as many ravens this year.
The sheep look great. Mom doesn’t like Utah at all. There is nothing there but rock and she says she has seen it and that was plenty for her. A lot of people love Utah, but not her thing. Seeing the sheep would be fun.
Beautiful photos of these bighorn sheep! The leap capture is so remarkable, Wow!!
Wow, those bighorn sheep photos are exquisite. I love the very first one most of all, with the way that he climbed up on the rocks for you. His silhouette against the blue sky is incredible.
Valley of Fire is such an amazing place. I been there, but I remember from your previous posts about it, that it never looks the same. Cool that you were able to capture the bighorns.
Missed this one. Such a beautiful place. You’re making me want to go out there so bad!