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Balancing Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 3 ft Route type Out & Back
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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.

Visitor center, parking, restrooms and water

Valley of Fire State Park 29450 Valley of Fire Road Overton, Nevada 89040 Phone: 702-397-2088 Valley of Fire Hours Open year round from dawn to dusk

Valley of Fire Park Rules and Regulations Drive only on approved routes of travel (see map), and park only in designated places along the roadside shoulders. Motor vehicles are not allowed on trails. Camp only in designated campground sites. Fires are permitted only in designated grills and fireplaces. All plants, animals, artifacts, rocks and minerals are protected by state law. Please do not remove or disturb them. Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length. They are not allowed in the visitor center. All artifacts and other signs of early civilization and recent history are protected by state and federal law. Please conserve the water. Use the trash containers provided. The park is open from sunrise to sunset unless camping in campgrounds or group camping area. After sunset, activity is limited to those areas. Rock climbing is limited to specific areas in the park. Inquire at the visitor center.

Valley of Fire is located about 58 miles from the Las Vegas Strip in the Mojave (Mo-hah-vee) Desert. It abuts Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the East entrance to the park. It is 15 miles Southwest of Overton, Nevada. Its elevation varies between 2,000 and 2,600 feet. From the Las Vegas Strip: Take the I-15 North approximately 35-40 miles. Take Exit 75 and head East toward Valley of Fire/Lake Mead. Drive approximately 17 miles on Valley of Fire to the West Entrance Station. You can also take the more scenic route and see Lake Mead as well: Take the I-15 North to Lake Mead Blvd. Turn Right and head East to Lakeshore Road (NV-166). Turn Right onto Northshore Drive (NV-167) and follow Northshore to the east entrance to Valley of Fire.

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Michael T
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This place was amazing it was 104°. Bring lots of water

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Marcus Charles
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10 minutes from the visitors center. Really easy

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Paul Remmenga
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Nice stretch of the legs if you stop at the visitor center first thing. 3 days after a big holiday during a shut down year = not a whole lot of people. Also saw a heard of big horn sheep in the garden next to the parking lot.

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Scott Dahl
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Another nice, short & easy hike near the entrance of the park, with beautiful previews of what is yet to come on your journey through Valley of Fire!!

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Ginger Fields
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Super easy, short... watch out for tour busses and umbrella toting tourists... they can be madly dangerous, down coats and umbrellas odd.

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John Gray
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Easy walk from Visitor Center. Go 360 around it for multiple perspectives. Cool little arch-tunnel, if you do

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Hiking

Short walk. Not quite as dramatic as some of the other "Balanced Rock's I've seen in red rock country. Is also visible from road.

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Natalie Carrier
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Very short trail right by the Visitor Center, so a nice excuse to get out and stretch your legs if the first stop after a long drive.

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David Platt
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not terribly interesting compared to the other hikes in the park, but it's short and right outside the visitor center

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Debbie Bliss
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Short trail but cool end point.

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Jon Henderson
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easy walk nice visitor center

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Nikita Trofimov
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rick dempsey
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Tony Rappa
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Elizabeth Moen
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Laura Dondero
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Ashli Dansby
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sether 317
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Evie Beben
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Lori Gygi
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Heather Findley
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Tim Lam
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Harley J Crace
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Michael Wilcox
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Krissy Thomas
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Scott Densmore
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Justin P
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