Valley of Fire SP claim to fame are the red sandstone formations and petroglyphs. That is NOT one of my daughters’ feet!
Estimates date people living or at least hunting in the area since 30 B.C.
Plants are tough.
There are a couple short hikes in the park which are interesting, considering you walk through extremely fine sand as you look for petroglyphs on walls of desert varnish.
This shot covers about 250 million years worth of time.
The red color is caused by increased iron content in the sandstone. Silica is plentiful in the white rock.
A down view of a small canyon while standing at a 50 foot pour-off. All caused by wind and water erosion.
There are a number of small arches in the park. This whole area was essentially a shoreline of a very large ancient lake, hence the sandstone. It was covered by sedimentary rock, then faulted and lifted. Exposed, erosion did its thing to the sandstone.
Note the sharp change in color.
The reds in this location were a bit deeper, so the sand color was more red as well.
A small slit canyon.
Purplish and yellow…
This is similar in appearance to Banshee Canyon at first glance, but geologically entirely different.
Another ancient formation…
A better campsite shot taken by Carla after some rock scrambling.