Where? : 1 hr drive north of Vegas, can be done on the way north to Zion or as a day trip from vegas.
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What? : Very nice red rock formations state park not far from Las Vegas, stunning red pink colors, main road and few hike options.
When? : as everything else in vegas this is not recommended trip for hot summer day, unless you are planning to spend here the afternoons and see the sunset.
Due note: summer days not only very hot, blue sky and not colorful sunset, recommended time to visit is when it has lower temperatures (maybe at the afternoon) and you have clouds in the sky for best sunset moments and pictures
My thoughts: It is not clear how I did not visit this park in the past, a must visit park for someone staying at vegas or on the way north to Zion. The main road, red-colors and rock formation provide hikes opportunities and endless picture opportunities.
The park can be very hot during summer, no shade at the hikes so bring a lot of water to the hikes.
The park access by the main road that crossing it and a in and out long road that will take you into the park along the most attractive places to see.
There is a nice rock section near Atlatl Rock Campground, but the main road that is starting near the visitor center is going into the park.
When coming from Vegas just stop on Beehive parking lot (on your right side) and see the nice rock formation. After few hundred feet turn left into the campground loop. Stop and see the very nice Atlatl Rock, Set of stairs are going up close to the old native american petroglyphs.
Recommended trip is to go all the way to the end of the road, hike to the White Domes Trail and from there hike more as you are stopping on the way back to the visitor center.
Trails and view spots on the main park road:
Petroglyph Canyon Trail - a nice 1.5 mile hike into a canyon that has few places of petroglyphs. you can also keep going into the deep section of the canyon on unmarked trail.
Fire Canyon / Silica Dome - a short turn right into the road will take you to high vista point.
Fire Wave - a must see place at the park, 1 mile hike will take you down to see a nice red and white layered rock formation. one of the nicest place in the park, you need to hike back the same way to the parking lot.
The White Domes Trail - at the end of the road parking lot start the loop trail that will take you among large white domes. the sendy trail will go down into the canyon and from there you can do a loop or go back exploring the high rocks and enjoy the view.
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