5 Great Valley of Fire Hiking Trails

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The Valley of Fire State Park is located approximately 45 minutes from Las Vegas and is Nevada's oldest, and largest, state park. The Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated in 1935 and covers 34,880 acres. Fiery Red Rock Formations, towering sandstone cliffs, and Native American Petroglyphs are just a few of the highlights of this amazing destination.Activities at the Valley of Fire State Park include hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, rappelling, photography, biking and more.

The entrance fee to the Valley of Fire State Park is $10 per vehicle at the time this article was published. Please visit the Valley of Fire State Park Website for up to date information. ​

Google Map to Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas

1. Petroglyph Canyon-Mouses Tank

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To get to the beginning of this trail, head north on Mouse's Tank Road from the Visitor's Center.

PETROGLYPH TRAIL: This interpretive Trail begins just north of the Visitor’s Center, is 8/10 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.

MOUSES TANK: The Mouse’s Tank in the Valley of Fire State Park derives is 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 Petroglyph Trail. 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.

Round Trip Length: 8/10 mile

Trail Head Parking
(36.440984, -114.516787)
Mouses Tank
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2. Fire Wave

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To get to the beginning of this trail, head north on Mouse's Tank Road from the Visitor's Center for approximately 4.6 miles. There is a parking lot located on the west side of Mouse's Tank Road. 

Fire Wave is an easy 1 and  4/10  mile hike that offers incredible views of some amazing rock formations. The formations you see here are used in many advertisements and promotions for the State of Nevada and the Valley of Fire.

Round Trip Length: 1 and 4/10 mile

Fire Wave Trail Start
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Fire Wave Trail End
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3. White Domes

To get to the beginning of this trail, head north on Mouse's Tank Road from the Visitor's Center for approximately 5.6 miles. There is a parking lot located at the beginning of the trail head.

This easy 3.1  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 height 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.

Round Trip Length: 3.1 miles

White Domes Trailhead Start
(36.48550000, -114.53283333)
White Domes Trailhead End
(36.486556394038885, -114.53291037192685)

4. Rainbow Vista

To get to the beginning of this trail, head north on Mouse's Tank Road from the Visitor's Center for approximately 1.7 miles. There is a parking lot located at the beginning of the trail head.

Rainbow Vista Trail offers some of the most scenic and photographic vistas in the Valley of Fire. The viewpoint includes domes, towers, ridges and valleys formed 150 million years ago from sand deposits. The multicolored rocks are totally different than the dark red colors of the other cliffs further south in the park.

Round Trip Length: 1.1  miles

Rainbow Vista Trailhead Start
(36.450960, -114.515523)
Rainbow Vista Trailhead End
(36.44722918651628, -114.50918870192254)

5. Elephant Rock

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To get to the beginning of this trail, park in the parking lot at the East Entrance.

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 .4  mile hike to get up close.

Round Trip Length: .4 miles

East Entrance Parking
(36.428928, -114.458073)
Elephant Rock Trailhead End
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Valley of Fire Official Trail Map

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Valley of Fire Brochure

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Valley of Fire Videos

Valley of Fire Area Services

Visit the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce Website to see services available near the Valley of Fire including dining, shopping, gas stations and more.