Silver State Sights: Valley of Fire State Park

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OVERTON, Nev. (KOLO) If you want to get away from the bright lights and big city of Las Vegas, this might be the perfect way.

“Valley of fire is such a short trip from Las Vegas, we highly recommend it,” said Bethany Drysdale of Travel Nevada. “It gives you a chance to really get out into nature and see the prehistoric history of Nevada.”

Located less than an hour northeast of the city, Valley of Fire State Park is 46,000 acres loaded with hiking trails, and red sandstone formations you won’t see anywhere else.

“It took us about 50 minutes from Vegas,” said Las Vegas resident Ted Wells. “Definitely a place to come see.”

Though as others will point out, its proximity doesn’t make it part of the city.

“This is not Vegas!” remarked Bonnie Head of St. George, Utah. “This is nature at its finest. The colors of the rocks. You see white, you see red, you see yellow; it’s just gorgeous.”

The park has also been featured in several movies, including the 1990 film "Total Recall." It was set partially on Mars, and when Arnold Schwarzenegger and the crew needed a place that looked like the red planet – Valley of Fire was the perfect fit.

Among its many red rocks there are several that stand out. Near the eastern entrance lies “elephant rock” – which looks remarkably like one of the large animals.

More centrally located, and about a 20-minute hike from the parking lot, is “fire wave” – the rock that you will see most often on social media and other promotional flyers for the park.

For more information about the park, click here