On day 2 of our road trip we finished up our last hike in Valley of Fire state park and then hit the road to Utah.Our last hike was the Fire Wave Trail. This is such a cool trail and while it isn't very long it is stunning so you will definitely be there for at least an hour taking photos! We had great weather for our last day in Nevada, but we were greeted with snow and hail while driving and once we reached Utah! It was my first time driving in snow which was pretty cool and weird, but once we got to Utah we checked in to our camp site and tried our best to stay warm... we ended up ditching the tent and slept in the car.
Valley of Fire State Park Info:
-How to get there: There are two entrance/exits. One is for those coming from California/Las Vegas area, and the other is for those coming from Utah/Overton, Nevada. In the morning you have to enter and go through a self-pay. Once the office opens (8:30am) you are greeted by a ranger that takes your entry fee and gives you a map to the park.
-How much does it cost: To enter the park there is a $10 fee. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. If you wish to camp it is $20 per night plus the park entry fee. When camping, there are self-pay stations, which are located in each camp ground. When leaving, you turn in a slip and show you payed the $10 entry fee along with your camping slip. You are not allowed to reserve a campsite. Everything is first come first serve.
-What to bring: If you are just day hiking be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. It gets very hot and most of the trails are not shaded what so ever. Be sure to bring whatever hiking pack you favor and have snacks ready as well because you will want to stay fueled while hiking. I would also recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots. The sand can get very hot and there is rough terrain on some of the trails. If you are camping be sure to have a sturdy tent, and plenty of camping supplies. The campsites only provide bathrooms and trashcans, and water. Some spot have hook ups for RVs but they fill up fast. Each campsite does have a table and fire pit but the visitor center is open 8:30am-4:30pm and they one sell snack and drinks, souvenirs, and books.
-What to look out for: Snakes!! This is a desert climate and it is warming up so be careful of snakes. I would also advise to keep a look out for cacti. There are lots of small bushels of them around and can easily be missed when on the trails. The trails can get pretty crowded between 11am and 4pm so I would advise hiking before and after these times if you want more privacy on the trails. All the trails are clearly labeled and hard to miss, and each trail head has a bathroom. Be prepared to get dirty! If you are camping get there early because the campsites fill up quickly.
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Fire Wave Trail
Distance: 1.4 miles (round trip)
Trail Type: Out and Back
Elevation: 242 Feet
Dog Friendly: Yes
Trail Description: This trail is a stunning hike that has a variety of sand stone that has all kinds of shapes that resembles the waves of the ocean and some swirling sand stone formations decorated with red, white, and pink colors. The trail is mainly used for hiking, walking, nature excursions, bird watching, and site seeing. The trail is open year round to the public. The path consists of dirt and sand, but mostly sand so at times can be challenging to walk in if not wearing the proper shoes.