We planned an entire day for our visit from Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire State Park and it was so worth it! A few recommendations to note: go with a full tank of gas, LOTS of water, snacks and a picnic lunch. There is NOTHING out there! Wear appropriate hiking gear and layers, depending on the time of year.
This is an amazing park that everyone should experience. You feel like you have gone back in time and it is the most remarkable “quiet” that I have ever experienced in nature. The petroglyphs on the rocks put you in touch with our fellow humans from many centuries ago. It’s horrible that some people have felt the need to defile these treasures by tagging them with grafitti.
The Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest state park and is 42,000 acres. Learn more at their website at:
The rocks and formations in the Valley of Fire are amazing as they look like figures and the craggy cliffs have faces..
Here’s the Anteater…
A wind-eroded arch
At one of the picnic areas we saw this little girl sharing her lunch with chipmunks that would dart in and out of the bushes for their prize.
Note the face towards the bottom of the rock – looks like he is pursing his lips.
The wall behind me is covered in petroglyphs. This is in Mouse’s Tank Canyon
We saw and heard motorcycles going over towards Rainbow Vista and stopped to watch a while. They were videoing an extreme motorcycle movie.
Had to get my picture in front of the beehive since I’m the “busy bee”
That’s all for now!
Two of our favorite excursions we have done when we were in Las Vegas was to get out of the city to visit some of the area’s extraordinary parks. Red Rock Canyon is about 15 minutes from Vegas and you can drive, hike and rock climb in the canyon. They have a great visitor’s center where you can learn all about the park and area. Learn more at: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/
We just did the driving tour, but would highly recommend a hike for those that like to experience nature. Just be sure and have appropriate hiking gear, plenty of water and snacks.
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We usually stop in Vegas for a few nights when traveling out west and for the last several years have gone the first week of December when the NFR Rodeo Finals are going on. They usually have lots of great shows going on and the town is full of cowboys and cowgirls.
Here’s some Vegas strip snapshots…
View from our room at the Bellagio – be sure and ask for a fountain view!
Our favorite place to stay is The Signature at MGM, which are the three towers located behind the MGM. It’s a bit inconvenient to walk a couple of blocks to the strip but for the price, their suites can’t be beat and you get a balcony too! You can request a strip view suite or a mountain/airport view where it’s fun to watch the planes coming and going. Like them on Facebook (and all your favorite hotels) for special offers and you’ll be amazed at the savings. This past trip we got great rates plus $75 towards food at any of their restaurants. www.signaturemgmgrand.com/
Wally loves to eat at Todai Japanese and Sushi Restaurant located just up the block in the Miracle Mile Shopping Mall behind Planet Hollywood Casino and Hotel. For those of you that love to shop, this is a cool mall that even has a recurring rain storm.
In 2011 we went to see Dwight Yoakam at the Las Vegas Hilton.. LOVE Dwight!
Here’s some photos from our stay at the Bellagio – the Chihuly blown glass flowers in the lobby are AMAZING!
The chocolate shop display at the Bellagio
It was fall when we went so the conservatory was decked out in fall motif.
This guy was so cool!
Bill’s Gambling Hall has the cheapest beer specials on the strip!
If you’re looking to go to Vegas, check out this website to help you plan your trip: www.vegas.com/