Fire Wave (Valley of Fire State Park)

 

Until recently the Fire Wave at Nevada’s, Valley of Fire State Park was one of the parks biggest secrets, despite showing up on several Nevada tourism brochures and magazines. The exact location was kept a secret among park officials, and hikers that had managed to stumble upon it.

Today an official trailhead exists, but it is still not well publicized by the park. The trail leads you roughly a half mile into the desert landscape, crossing over a large slickrock formation, which eventually leads you to this natural wonder. The first part of the trail is pretty well-defined, posts with yellow reflectors will lead you to the slickrock. Once on the slickrock, follow the rock cairns to the Fire Wave. Be aware that there is little to no shade on this trail, and it is important to carry an adequate amount of water with you. The trailhead is directly across the road from Parking Lot #3.

Like the rest of the Valley of Fire, the Fire Wave began forming 150 million years ago by the shifting sand dunes. Uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, are what gives it, its unique landscape today.

 

Valley of Fire - The Fire Wave

Valley of Fire – The Fire Wave

 

Valley of Fire - The Fire Wave

Valley of Fire – The Fire Wave

 

Valley of Fire - Amazing color and swirls in nearby formations.

Valley of Fire – Amazing color and swirls in nearby formations.

 

Valley of Fire - Amazing color in nearby formations.

Valley of Fire – Amazing color in nearby formations.

 

Valley of Fire - Amazing color in nearby formations.

Valley of Fire – Amazing color in nearby formations.

Secret Places in the Mojave Desert Vol. 7

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Jim Mattern

Jim is a scapegoat for the NPS, an author, adventurer, photographer, radio personality, guide, and location scout. His interests lie in Native American and cultural sites, ghost towns, mines, and natural wonders in the American Deserts.

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