“Valley of Fire” is Nevada’s first state park. It got bragging rights by a technique that does the gambling state proud… they cheated! The park got a head start by being declared a state park decades before there was a state parks department.
Nearby Las Vegas (sin city) also makes a name like “Valley of Fire” seem right, too. 😉
It is an oasis of geologic colors carved into Aztec Sandstone in an otherwise barren part of the Mojave Desert. The stone is 170 to 190 million years old, give or take a few days.
The formation on the left is called Atlatl Rock, but could just as easily be called King Kong’s Stoney-Faced Brother.
There are petroglyphs carved into the blocky chunks of rock on the left. The lighter-colored stone formation on the right is an ancestral Anasazi Indian signpost that says, “They went that-a-way!”
This formation is called Arch Rock, or “The gateway to those other rocks way over there!”
It was a nice enough day, but less than 24 hours after these pictures were taken the park was closed due to severe flash flooding.