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Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire is 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and State Route 169, which were once part of the historic Arrowhead Trail. The park is 12 miles south of Overton by State Route 169. The Moapa Tribal Store, located at the Valley of Fire exit, provides a tour stop for Indian art, crafts, and a smoke shop. The Valley of Fire also can be reached by the North Shore Road, which follows the edge of Lake Mead northward from the Hoover Dam area.

The Valley of Fire became Nevada's first state park in 1935. The visitor center in the middle of the park has information, books, gifts, and exhibits on the area's unique geology. Attractions include petrified logs and many scenic vistas. Ancient Indian petroglyphs, or rock writings, can be seen at two locations: Atlatl Rock, named for a spear-throwing weapon depicted on the rock, and Petroglyph Canyon. The latter has a trail that leads to Mouse's Tank, which served as the hideout of a reclusive Paiute in 1897.  Visitors will find such beautifully eroded landmarks as Elephant Rock, the Seven Sisters, and the Beehives.