Wow, Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
102Trip End Jun 30, 2013
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The drive in was on a one lane road and with great views. We arrived at the campground to check in because we know it is a first come first serve and very popular. I reviewed the campground below. It did get up to close to 90 during the day but my husband decided we didn’t need an electric site
Drove to the Visitor Center for a movie and a some great exhibits. We did some hiking and saw the Beehives which are unusual sandstone formations weathered by the eroding forces of wind and water. Right near the campground is Atlatl Rock which has a platform built for tourists to walk up to see some outstanding examples of Indian Rock Art or Petroglyphs.
We also headed north of the Visitor Center and the road started out very scary all uphill but it was fine. We saw the Rainbow Vista and Mouse’s Tank. Mouse’s Tank is named for a renegade who used to hideout in the 1890’s. It is a natural basin in the rock where water collects after rainfalls. To hike to it one walks along the Canyon Trail with examples of prehistoric petroglyphs all along the trail.
Tomorrow we head out of the park towards the east entrance and we can visit Seven Sisters, the Cabins and Elephant Rock before we head north to drive through AZ again then to Utah and Zion National Park. We will stay in Zion for three days since it is the weekend and April is one of the best months to visit the park
Thursday, April 25 – Atlatl Rock Campground, Valley of Fire State Park, NV
This state park is located about fifty miles north from Las Vegas so it is a very popular spot for day trips and campers. There are two campgrounds in the park right near each other Atlati Rock and Arch Rock. Atlatl has some electric sites, water and hot showers and fills up first and early, then later on mid- day Arch Rock campground fills up. We got there around 10 in the morning and found a spot in Atlatl. So many RV’s drove around looking for spots late in the afternoon and this was only a Thursday. Many rental RV’s with tourists from overseas. There were some electric sites open but we chose to dry camp because the temperature was only around 75 degrees and our site was more private. The sandstone red rock formations are stunning. The host was very helpful and it is a self check in station. We had to pay $10 to get into the park. When you self register for the campsite, if you put your gate receipt in the envelope it was another $10 for dry camping and $20 for electric