The Valley of Fire is in Nevada just an hour northeast of Las Vegas. If you are stationed at Nellis AFB its even closer.
It’s a great place for family camping. With the location so close to Vegas you could have a weekend getaway or just take a day trip to let the kids climb and do some hiking. Valley of Fire fun fact – it was Nevada’s very first state park.
Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 16 miles south of Overton, Nevada. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago. There is a $10 day use fee.
Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years
Camping at Valley of Fire
They have places for tent camping and lots of rv spaces some with hookups. It’s first come, no reservations. Every site has a fire pit. Camp fires are allowed. There are two campgrounds with 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. A dump station and showers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.
We camped here multiple times while we lived in Las Vegas and we never had an issue getting a camp site, despite not being able to reserve a spot.
Camping costs $20.00 per night + $10.00 for sites with utility hookups.
There are huge, beautiful rocks everywhere. You and your kids will love climbing around on them. It is like visiting another planet.
There is wildlife, including this big horn sheep that walked by.
There are hiking trails all over the state park. If you visit the visitors center they can help you pick out the right hike for your family. Also at the visitors center is educational exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park.
Many of the hikes are kid friendly. They offer guided hikes occasionally. We did a different hike each time we visited. Just take water with you.
You can see petroglyphs at various locations throughout the park.
The park is open 365 days a year.
Pets are allowed.