I allotted a few hours before sunset to spend exploring Valley of Fire State Park and I definitely wasn’t prepared for how beautiful it was going to be. After doing some research, I can’t believe how few people seem to know it even exists!
I had looked the park up before arriving and knew there were a few spots I wanted to see, but the park has soooo many different trails and artifacts worth checking out, things like: arch rock, the seven sisters, beehives, elephant rock, petrified logs, balancing rocks, a place called Mouse’s Tank that was used as a hideout in the 1890’s…I wish I had enough time to see them all!
The main attraction I wanted to see was Elephant Rock. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to tell there was an elephant in the rock at all and also didn’t know exactly where to look. Almost immediately after starting on the trail though, I looked up and sure enough there was the elephant! It’s way more obvious than I thought and it doesn’t take much imagination to see, what do you think?!
Another feature of the park I was eager to see were the beehives. I was disappointed when I got there to find the area was closed except to group bookings, but there were some beehive structures outside of the main area that I was able to explore. You can still really get the sense for why they’re called beehives!
Unfortunately, because of the time many of the areas were closing and rangers were posted nearby ensuring everyone was leaving the park safely. I’ll definitely add Valley of Fire State Park to my future trips so that I can see more of this amazing park!