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Valley of Fire revisited

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Once again, I found myself at Valley of Fire outside Las Vegas. It is actually quite a small park, and the vast majority of people will drive through it and see the highlights in an afternoon. But the allure of its hidden sights beckons the adventurous, who are rewarded with dazzling sights. The “Fire Wave” is of course the worst-kept secret of the park and only a short hike away from parking lot #3. You can find GPS coordinates of miscellaneous popular photo spots online, but there are so many nooks and crannies that you’re almost guaranteed to find something interesting by walking around randomly and exploring.

Valley of Fire Las Vegas state park Pink Canyon

This is the unofficially named Pink Canyon. It is reachable by walking along the wash from dip #5 on Mouse’s Tank Road. The colors are dreamlike and out of this world.

Valley of Fire Las Vegas state park twisting road

Other than the natural sights, Valley of Fire is also famous for its roads, which are common scenes for automobile commercials. I actually saw a crew of BMW employees scouting locations throughout the day, although they weren’t actually filming when I ran into them.

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May 11th, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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