When scouting potential locations for National Park Guided Tours, we spent several days hiking trail-accessible locations in Valley of Fire State Park. Having no idea what to expect, we were blown away by everything this desert landscape had to offer.
We first arrived to Valley of Fire State Park some time around 4 pm. We headed straight for the Fire Wave, as it was one of the most iconic locations in the park. As the park is only open sunrise to sunset, we quickly got over to the amazing tiger striped bowl and snapped a few quick photos before we had to leave the park.
Just before we turned around and got on our way, we met a woman named Rachel that asked for a few shots. We happily obliged and she ended up with memories to last a lifetime.
From a photographer's perspective, Valley of Fire's Fire Wave is one of the best places to shoot in the west. It has an east-west direction, granting it spectacular sunrise and sunset lighting. Unlike "The Wave" in Arizona, there is no permit lottery to enjoy this amazing stone sculpture. You can even walk your dog and get as many neato Instagram shots as you'd like. The color of the stone itself is spectacular, and made even better underneath a purple-pink-orange gradient desert sunset.
The trail is a very short and easily manageable 0.7 miles from the parking lot to the Fire Wave, traversing soft sand and hard rock surfaces. Along the way, there are other unmarked scenic bits and great opportunities to capture rock formations, plants, colors, and textures of the desert.
If you're lucky, you might even see some desert bighorn sheep meandering around the Fire Wave looking for some tasty desert shrubs. We did!
If you're ready to explore Valley of Fire State Park's Fire Wave and dozens of other spectacular spots, we've got the tour for you. Book your tour now and discover amazing wildlife, 4,000-year old ancient petroglyphs, weathered natural arches, slot canyons, and so much more.