Las Vegas may be one of the world’s tourism capitals but it is guilty of selling short its natural wonders. Looking at the Venetian gondolas and golf courses, it’s easy to forget that this city is a neon island in a desert of often heart-stopping beauty. Approximately one-hour’s drive from the Strip is Valley of Fire, a landscape of almost alien strangeness and grandeur. Once an ancient seabed, this valley was called home by generations of (obviously very hardy) Native Americans who strewed the area with their rock paintings, many of which can be viewed up close. A drive around the park is enough for most but there are also many hiking trails. But be warned: it’s not called Valley of Fire for nothing. Summer is smoking hot.

Valley of Fire
29450 Valley of Fire Road
+1 702 397 2088

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