PETROGLYPH TRAIL: This interpretive Trail begins just north of the Visitor’s Center, is 1/2 mile long, and follows some of the best petroglyphs available in the Valley of Fire. This is an easy hike along a sandy trail. It is VERY important that you do NOT touch the petroglyphs, as they can be easily damaged and history of this sort can’t simply be repaired or replaced. Although nobody can say for certain what the petroglyphs mean, there is a sign at the beginning of the trail that explains the most commonly accepted meanings. The trail ends at Mouse’s Tank.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 36.44107 Longitude:114.51659
MOUSES TANK: The Mouse’s Tank in the Valley of Fire State Park derive’s it’s name from the legend of a an alleged outlaw Indian named “Little Mouse”. The legend tells that he was wanted for murder and hid out in Mouse’s Tank in the 1890’s. There are a few versions of the legend, and a few rebuttals, you can read more about it by clicking here. Mouse’s Tank is reached via a half mile trail from the parking area. It is a natural depression in the sandstone and after rainfall, water collects here. Because it is mostly shaded, the water sometimes remains for months.
Degrees Minutes Seconds: Latitude: 36-26’28” N Longitude: 114-30’58” W
Decimal Degrees: Latitude: 36.4410866 Longitude: -114.5160935
ATLATL ROCK: An Atlatl was the predecessor to the bow and arrow, and this area has some amazing examples of petrogyphs. It is located near the West Entrance of the Valley of Fire State Park, and to view the petroglpyhs, you climb a staircas that is approximately 40 feet high.There is a campground located at Atlatl Rock and it has 44 campsites as well as several new RV Hookups with Power and Water. There is a modern restroom and shower building, and each campsite comes with shaded tables and BBQ Grills. Please see Fee information in the Visiting the Park Sectin for additional fees for camping.
GPS Coordinates: 36.423°N 114.55°W
BEHIVES: The Beehives rock formations are an impressive example of the forces of nature. The swirling patterns carved into the rocks created what can only be described as giant stone beehives.
GPS Coordinates: N 36° 24.785 W 114° 32.890
ELEPHANT ROCK: This amazing rock formation in the Valley of Fire State Park has been described as looking like an ancient mammoth! This formation is just one of the many different and uniquely shaped formations that can be viewed throughout the park. Elephant Rock is located right on the main road in the Valley of Fire, near the East Entrance. Parking is prohibited there, but you can park at the East Entrance parking lot and take a short 1/3 mile hike to get up close.
GPS Coordinates: N 36.42831 and W 114.45998
WHITE DOME TRAIL: This easy, 1 1/4 mile trail is one of the best in the park. Not only does it offer incredible views of the colorful rock formations,it also contains some movie history!.’The Professionals’ starring Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin was filmed here in 1935. The film crew left behind one of the props, a wall from the cantina set, and it still has the bullet holes! There is also a sign that tells about the different movies that have been filmed in the region. Walking on this trail will lead you to an incredible slot canyon-75 feet hight and 17″ wide at its narrowest point. The twists and turns in this canyon cause you to not be able to see the entrance and exit at the same time.
GPS Coordinates: 36.485°N 114.532°W
CLARK MEMORIAL: There is a commemorative White Cross in the Valley of Fire on the South Side of State Route 169, placed to honor the memory of John J. Clark. He was a retired 45th New York Infantry Volunteer, 67 years old, who died at the spot on July 15, 1915.Captain Clark was driving through the area in a buckboard, with his horse tied to the buckboard, and he died..most likely in seach of water.
Coordinates: N 36° 25.523 W 114° 28.143 11S E 726899 N 4034108
SEVEN SISTERS: The Seven Sisters in Valley of Fire State Park is a collection of 7 uniquely shaped rock formations with a stark desert backdrop that makes a great background for photos. There is a picnic area at the Seven Sisters location with Picnic Tables, Shaded areas, and restrooms.
Degrees Minutes Seconds: Latitude: 36-25’42” N Longitude: 114-30’15” W
Decimal Degrees: Latitude: 36.4283092 Longitude: -114.5041481
THE CABINS: There are 2 Rock Cabins in the Valley of Fire State Park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The Cabins were built using native sandstone, and they were built to shelter weary travelers. GREAT picture taking spot.
Coordinates: N 36-25’39” W 114-28’59”
PETRIFIED LOGS: There are petrified logs here, evidence that the Valley of Fire State Park was once a forested area. The logs are located behind a fence in order to preserve them from vandalism. They were washed into this area approximately 225 million years ago, and there are two trails with interpretive signs leading up to them.
The Valley of Fire State Park is located off Interstate 15 between Las Vegas and Mesquite, NV. There are 2 entrances to the park and a few ways to get to each of those.
The West Entrance to the Valley of Fire State Park is located off Interstate 15 in Nevada, at Exit #75. After you exit Interstate 15, follow State Route 169 to the Valley of Fire State Park Entrance, approximately 18 miles from the exit. At Exit 75 is the Moapa Tribal Store, which offers Fuel, Snacks, Drinks, Fireworks, Souvenirs and more. There is NO Fuel in the Valley of Fire, so plan to fill up here if you’re getting low!
The West Entrance Directions are best for those travelling NORTH on Interstate 15 from Las Vegas.
If you are travelling SOUTH from Mesquite or points north, you may follow the directions above OR go to the East Entrance after going through Moapa Valley.
The East Entrance to the Valley of Fire State Park is located off State Route 169, 8 miles south of the town of Overton and 1/4 mile north of Overton Beach Marina.
If you choose to go through Moapa Valley, take Exit #93 off Interstate 15 and head south on 169/Moapa Valley Blvd. You will pass through the towns of Logandale and Overton in Moapa Valley. Approximately 8 miles after leaving Overton you will come to the Entrance Road to the Valley of Fire on your right.
You may also choose to take North Shore Road that runs along Lake Mead, if you are coming from points south. Simply follow North Shore Road north along Lake Mead. Approximately 1/4 mile after passing Overton Beach Turnoff (Overton Beach Marina is currently closed), the turn off to the Valley of Fire will be on your left.