About Us

My photo
Random thoughts and pictures from our travels in a LazyDaze motorhome.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Valley of Fire SP

IMG_1876

Valley of Fire SP claim to fame are the red sandstone formations and petroglyphs. That is NOT one of my daughters’ feet!

IMG_1878

Estimates date people living or at least hunting in the area since 30 B.C.

IMG_1880

Plants are tough.

IMG_1883

Purty too.

IMG_1884

Tiny Dinosaur…

IMG_1885

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.

IMG_1889

This shot covers about 250 million years worth of time.

IMG_1890 

The red color is caused by increased iron content in the sandstone. Silica is plentiful in the white rock.

IMG_1891

A down view of a small canyon while standing at a 50 foot pour-off. All caused by wind and water erosion.

IMG_1892

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.

IMG_1893

IMG_1894

Note the sharp change in color.

IMG_1895

IMG_1897

IMG_1898

The reds in this location were a bit deeper, so the sand color was more red as well.

IMG_1899

IMG_1902

A small slit canyon.

IMG_1904

Purplish and yellow…

IMG_1907

This is similar in appearance to Banshee Canyon at first glance, but geologically entirely different.

IMG_1913

Nice arch.

IMG_1925

Another ancient formation…

IMG_1911

A better campsite shot taken by Carla after some rock scrambling.

1 comment:

  1. Its been fun watching your journey through some of my old stomping grounds when out in Las Vegas. The desert sure is pretty. Thanks for sharing! -Andy

    ReplyDelete