Like the park itself, the Valley of Fire Visitor’s Center is open daily. Hours are from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. The recreation area can be enjoyed from sun up to sundown, and campers are welcome to stay the night in designated sites. An entry fee of $10 (US) is charged per car, however, additional charges ranging from $10-$25 will be required if camping overnight.
Although open year-round, some thought should also be given to when you visit. The Valley of Fire State Park could be named for the intense, triple-digit heat the area experiences in the summer. Temperatures can soar as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Spring and autumn are the most temperate times to explore. While this road trip may not be an escape from the highs of Sin City, Prozeller says there is relief of another sort to be found.
“Las Vegas tourists should consider a trip to Valley of Fire because it gets you away from the hustle and bustle of The Strip and downtown,” he says. “You can really enjoy nature. The silence and calmness are a nice respite after a couple days of high energy fun.”
Written by Rebecca Frisch
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