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VALLEY OF FIRE

A wonder of multi-colored rock just 55 miles north of Las Vegas. Follow Interstate 15 north toward Salt Lake City, but watch for the sign, Valley of Fire and exit right at the Piute Reservation on Highway 169. (PDF Map ) The first twenty miles on paved road is not impressive – don’t give up. The Anasazi Indians who once lived here always picked the most spectacular places in the Southwest. View the petrified wood of 225 million-year-old trees and the famous 3,000 year-old petroglyphs at Atlatl Rock and Mouse’s Tank. Camping amongst the eerie sandstone shapes will be a memory of a lifetime. If you hike here at 6am, you may be watched by herds of bighorn sheep and their lambs, coyotes, amazing lizards, and all kinds of hawks. By 10am the tourists take over and that’s when I head a few miles northeast to the Lost City Museum in nearby Overton to enjoy fine artifacts display and a reconstruction of the Anasazi pit dwellings and pueblo in the fertile Moapa Valley. You can get burgers and milkshakes in the farming town of Overton. If you have time, drive south on Highway 167 and explore the north edge of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, stopping at the Callville Bay Marina for a boat rental or ice cream.

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