Best bird watching trails in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Valley of Fire State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Park information
Acreage:
45,938 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
702-397-2088
Top trails (13)
#1 - Fire Wave, White Domes and Seven Wonders Loop
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#2 - White Domes Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 34 m
#3 - Petroglyph Canyon via Mouse's Tank Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 22 m
Short, easy walk through canyon filled with prehistoric indian petroglyphs Petroglyph Canyon at Valley of Fire State Park is probably the most accessible way for visitors to view petroglyphs. The walk is short and very easy in the sandy bottom of this narrow canyon. Resist the temptation to touch the petroglyphs as they are easily damaged and cannot be repaired, or replaced. Absolutely no one alive today knows for certain what these ancient markings mean, but there is an informational sign at the trail entrance which explains some of the most commonly accepted interpretations. As you walk through this canyon, it is easy to imagine that you're transported back in time -- the grandeur and solitude (if you're lucky that is) of these brilliant red sandstone cliffs is almost overwhelming. In the summertime, the heat in this canyon is stifling and intense -- best viewed early in the morning or just before sunset; daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and 120 degrees is considered common. Carry water with you year-round.Show more
#4 - Rainbow Vista Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 30 m
Rainbow Vista is a perfect name for the view one gets from the trailhead! The sandstone colors of the surrounding rock cover the entire color spectrum. Easy hike to the Fire Canyon Overlook. The beginning of the hike is very sandy. Great views. During the summer, be sure to do this hike early in the morning because there is no shade and the temperatures will be over 100 degrees.Show more
#5 - Elephant Rock Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 9 m
Elephant Rock is an easy out and back trail 0.4mi. RT or a 1.2mi. loop to an elephant shaped rock formation in Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park. The Rock is located right next to the main road near the East Entrance. Elephant Rock is an easy out and back trail 0.4mi. RT or a 1.2mi. loop to an elephant shaped rock formation in Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park. The Rock is located right next to the main road near the East Entrance. Parking is prohibited there, but you can park at the East Entrance parking lot and take a short 0.2 mile hike to get up close. Take the left fork in the open area to head back toward the main road and up the hill - this will take you right to the rock which is above you to the right as you reach the road. You can easily climb to a vantage point above the rock to take the best pictures. The trail continues along the road and bears off to the right and loops around the rock formations to come back toward the main parking lot on the other side. The loop is 1.2 miles. Watch for lizards and snakes. The rock formations are very interesting. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. Other important rock formations include limestones, shales, and conglomerates. Prehistoric users of the Valley of Fire included the Basket Maker people and later the Anasazi Pueblo farmers from the nearby fertile Moapa Valley.Show more
#6 - Prospect Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
#7 - Natural Arch
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
#8 - Balancing Rock Trail
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
Right outside the visitor center is another one of the famous Valley of Fire formations. From the Visitor’s Center, take a very short hike to a viewpoint of Balanced Rock. Show more
#9 - Valley of Fire Scenic Byway
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 23.4 mi
Valley of Fire consists of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone mountains. The sandstone is from the Jurassic period and is the remnant of the sand left behind by the wind after inland seas subsided and the land rose. Show more
#10 - Scenic Loop Road
Valley of Fire State Park
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Length: 2.0 mi
Short dirt road from the Arch Campground to the Valley of Fire Highway through rock formations past Windstone ArchShow more
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