World-renowned for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. The park also hosts an Annual Atlatl Competition in which participants test their skills with replicas of ancient spears. Open year round, the park has numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables, grills and water, as well as many intriguing trails to tempt hikers.
Valley of Fire Camping: There are two campgrounds with a combined total of 72 units. Campsites are equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms. A dump station and showers are available. All campsites are first-come, first-served. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.
RV Camping: RV sites with power and water hookups are available.
Group Area: There are three group areas, each accommodating up to 45 people, though parking is limited. These sites are available for overnight camping and picnicking by reservation only. Call the park for reservations.
PROS: • Restrooms w/ flushing toilets • Showers w/ hot water • Parking within your site, loved the proximity • Faucet w/ running water on site • Fire pit w/ removable grill • BBQ grill • Covered picnic bench • Covered metal garbage cans walking distance from your site • Pet friendly • Visitor Center driving distance from site (within park) w/ items i.e. fire wood, fire starters, etc. • Lots of hiking trails to choose from! We drive to all of our trails
CONS: • You have to be very patient to score a site. The sites are first come, first served — no reservations and the signs have always said that the campgrounds are FULL when I go here, apparently they’re not. My gf had gone earlier to the park bc I had to work and she had to scout for a spot. Initially, she was not able to find anything so she went for a hike then returned and scored a spot. Patience is key! • RE sites 16 or any that are up against a boulder. These sights are like megaphones. Everything said and done in these sites could be heard from very far distances. Night 1; musicians graced our ear drums with guitars sounds and singing. Night 2; family tortured our eardrums with their screaming child (sound echoed!) and conversations that had TMI written all over them. This is me venting but just be aware if you’re staying in any of these spaces and don’t be a d*€% in general :)
Overall: love this place! Great for beginners in the world of camping. It eases you into it (w/ the access to toilets and showers) rather than straight roughing it off the bat.
Beautiful campground in the midst of beautiful rock formations. The night sky is amazing from here, especially considering how close Vegas is with all its lights. A couple of bathrooms are shared while each site has a picnic table, shade structure and fire ring.
We had always heard how wonderful this place was and we made a point of staying here after a trip to Utah and Arizona. We stayed in late October, weather was very nice. Both of the campgrounds are in the red rocks and most sites you get to park your rig or put of your tent right in them. Some sites have electric service. This was (in October 2018) all first come first served, and it is VERY POPULAR. So, you have to wing it and show up and hope for a site, and this is after you pay to get into the park. It was so worth the visit, the environment is picture perfect everywhere. There are a ton of great hikes and if you take the road up past the visitors center you can hike “the wave” see photo below, and potentially see lots of big horn sheep, including males with the large head racks. This was such a great visit, I hope to go again, and spend more time.
Sites were nicely spaced and al had water. There were walking sites available also. Shower/ restroom lights were very dim so bring a headlamp or flashlight at night. Also be careful of wasps nest on the rock formations.
This one fills up fairly quickly I went the first week of May 2019 I showed up around 10am and about 7 spot were open I set up a chair and payed for my spot. When I came back in the afternoon all were filled with many late comers making the rounds. The campground setting is neat with beautiful red rocks surrounding you. Bathrooms were clean and showers were available. Great state park with lots of fun hikes.
This is a tiny State Park that you can spend a couple hours, a day or a week exploring. Scenic drive is spectacular. Endless red rock formations and slot canyons to explore. I was here end of December, which is considered a popular time to camp here. It was busy. Comfortable camping. One of the campgrounds even has showers. Some really cool spots tucked deep in the rocks. My spot had a level gravel camping pad and a covered picnic table. Evidence of big horn sheep all through camp. Great hiking, views, petroglyphs, dog friendly. Hard to believe it's an hour from Vegas!
Beautiful views all around the campgrounds. Get there early, they fill up very very fast. I showed up at 9:30 and barely got a spot! Completely worth the early showing though! And good price at $10 to get in the park and $10 to camp per night!
This place is crazy unbelievably beautiful -- a true jackpot just northeast of Las Vegas. The rock formations are like something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
There are two different camping areas, with most of the sites tucked in among the red rock formations. We got there late in the day and got the last spot during Spring Break week! Most of the sites are designed for tents or small van/campers, with just a handful of dedicated RV spaces with water/electric at each site for $10 more per night. Each site is equipped with a covered picnic table and firepit/grill, and there are water spigots and bathrooms with toilets/showers scattered throughout the campgrounds.
Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center and check out their film and displays as the geology of this place is quite unique. It was like no other that we’ve seen over the past 6.5 years of full-time, though it’s kind of a combination of many (Death Valley, Red Rocks Canyon, and a bit of Bryce Canyon). Driving the scenic road is great, but get out and hike, hike, hike to really see this place! The crowds will go to the popular places like the Fire Wave (which is awesome), but some of the other areas are just as jaw dropping and no one is there. We even saw a desert tortoise eating some Beaver Tail Cactus on one of the less popular hikes, which is an extra special wildlife sighting.
The closest town with supplies is Overton, about 12 miles away from the east gate.
Camping is first-come, first-served, with no reservations. Note: if you don’t get lucky and get a spot in the park like we did, there are BLM areas just south and just north of the park itself, but you’ll still have to pay the entrance fee of $10 for each day you come into the park itself.
We luckily got the last spot in the campground on a hot day in May. The goal was originally to spend the day on the lake and then end the day hiking the Fire Wave so it wasn't super hot. Well, we woke up at 7:30 and it was already getting hot and busy so we decided to head up to the Fire Wave to start the day. We finished the short 1 mile round trip hike before 9 am and it was already 90+ degrees. By that time of day there were hundreds of people hiking all around out campsite so we headed out for the day.
I think coming here when it isn't a break or the weekend would be ideal. We just happened to pass through during the busy weekend when the Vegas vacationers came out for a day trip.
I drive through here during the week in March and it was silent and desolate. Absolutely beautiful to be out there solo. Water is scarce so be prepared for that. Also, swim beaches are not near Valley of Fire so be prepared to drive through the beauty of Lake Mead Recreational Area to get to a place where you can jump in. This place is amazing! The igneous rock takes your breathe away.
We go camping here every year. Campsites are spread out nice. They have 3 walk in sites that are away from the other sites, those are our favorite ones. It's not far to walk your stuff up to the sites.