If you go to Las Vegas one day, you got to plan a day at Valley of Fire in the Nevada desert. After a few dizzying days on the Strip and the non stopping sound of slot machines that never pays except the free drink once in a while… you will enjoy the quietness, serenity and introspection of this beautiful place.
You should stop for lunch before arriving or before heading back to Vegas… or both, at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza, located directly after the exit 75 on the Valley of Fire Hwy and don’t get fussy about the joint appearance! You will get authentic Tex-Mex cuisine, spicy, generous and tasty and like most truck stop (or rest area) in America, plates are full and make your money worth…
In Las Vegas, we rented a beautiful Mustang convertible (why not push the experience to the end!) and took the Veterans Memorial Hwy (15) to Crystal (exit 75). You will admire spectacular reddish rock formations, feel the vastness of the desert, imagine the first settlers that arrived in this place still inhospitable and admire the petroglyphs of the Pueblo Nation that are 3000 years old… and as a bonus… maybe think about the meaning of life before returning to the Strip… lol. An almost Telma and Louise great experience… Brad Pitt and the ravine in less of course.
For the journey:
- Water bottle and a small snack.
- Comply with regulations and do not leave your waste in the wild, bring them back to spot provided for it. Rangers are checking! But mostly do it because you’re a good citizen.
- A vest or a jacket … the temperature quickly drop at dusk even in summer. Surely from September to May.
- In the summer. Bring a cap or a hat and more water. It’s 38 ℃ on average an can go up to 48 ℃!
- Entrance fee: $ 10 per vehicle
- Allow at least 3 to 4 hours on site.
- Camping (yes, there are camping spot) $ 20/night, add $ 10/night to get connected to the services.