This stunning, red rock wonderland is only about an hour drive from the popular city of Las Vegas. If you’re here for only a few days and need a break from the bar hopping and casinos, I highly recommend checking out this geologic playground. Fun fact: Valley of Fire is Nevada’s largest and oldest state park.
Alright so let’s jump into this adventure! We started our trip by getting here at sunrise, and while that’s not necessary, I do believe it’s the best option to have less crowds! Especially if you want photos at the Instagram famous location on Mouse Tank Road, like this picture here.
Alright, let’s get into it shall we?!
The famous Instagram spot that I’m sure you’ve seen a million times and for good reason! Because it is so popular, I recommend making this your first spot. We got here right at sunrise and shortly after there was a couple of other people stopping here for the same iconic photos!
We parked on the side of the road right before the Rainbow Vista trailhead. Getting here at sunrise will also ensure that there won’t be as many vehicles in your background!
Pro tip: A zoom lens would be useful here, zooming in as much as possible in order for the mountains to appear closer and then standing far away from the camera. We used my 85mm prime lens as I don’t own a zoom at this time. Also, be sure to underexpose so the back mountains are visible!
Alternatively, I suggest getting the angle from above. There was a boulder that was easy to climb up and allowed for some creativity.
And lastly, getting the road shot from up above!
Next on the list is the Fire Wave! This is labeled as Parking Lot #3 on Mouse Tank Road. This hike is 1.5 miles, out and back. This easy trail It will take you maybe 15 minutes or so to get out to the various hues of red zebra striped rocks.
Pro Tip: Get that wide angle view!
My favorite location in Valley of Fire because it has a stunning slot canyon!!
Eeeekkkkk! I was obsessed with this location. We had so much fun taking photos in here! You can find these on the White Domes Trail, which is the last trail on Mouse Tank Road. The very sandy hike is a 1.1 mile loop trail that is fairly easy. The beginning of this hike does descend down into the canyon, with a little rock scrambling and is a little steep.
You will find these slot canyons about halfway through the loop. I suggest taking photos from both sides as the lighting will be different (as you can see from the above photo and the below photos), both make for awesome instagram photos though! There are definitely other epic locations on this trail but we had brunch reservations and had to be out of the park by 1100.
We were able to do these 3 spots within 4 hours and even though there are plenty of other beautiful spots to check out, I think these are probably the most famous locations in the park!
Have you been here? If you’re heading that way, let me know what trails you’re eager to check out!
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