Fire Wave Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, Nevada that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 236 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Valley of Fire State Park is a little over an hour away from the Las Vegas, and is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada. The Fire Wave, located in Valley of Fire State Park, is an easy hike to an amazing sandstone formation in the it resembles an ocean wave with swirling patterns of red, white, and pink sandstone. With a beautiful backdrop this is one of the best, if not the best hike in the park. The trail is sandy at the beginning of the hike and transitions into sandstone. Rock cairns (small stacks of rocks) lead the way on the sandstone to the Fire Wave. Hikers are recommended to do this hike in the cooler months of the year. During the summer, the temperature is well over 100 degrees and there is no shade on the trail. The Fire Wave is best photographed in the late afternoon and early evening.

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10 days ago

The trail was really cool. The beginning few hundred feet were a very hot sand. My dog got stickers in his feet in the sand though. This happened at least once on several trails in valley of fire so I recommend carrying/shoes for your doggies. Besides that it was very cool.

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15 days ago

All trails are open in valley of fire state park whether was perfect 80s , 5/20/20

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2 months ago

Easy and rewarding. Exposed, not much shade.

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no shade
2 months ago

Breathtaking views. Rock formations from mars. Basically anyone can do this hike

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2 months ago

Nice, easy walk across beautiful rock. The colors are truly impressive.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail! I hiked this in March, still somewhat hot weather but the breeze made it comfortable. Highly recommend this trail, it’s not hard to follow with the poles leading the way. This trail is easy and for all ages!

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2 months ago

The entire trail was beautiful, but the very end was incredible! The colors all around are so vivid and the stripes in the rock look painted on. It is not a very long or difficult hike so many people do it. Try and go towards the end of the day as there are fewer people.

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Great views, but not well marked trail. We ended up standing on top of the wave. We did end up walking through a beautiful spot canyon called pastel pink canyon while slyly being shadowed by a coyote. It was gorgeous!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Great hike! awesome scenery and good photo ops. We went early in the morning, but the light for photos is probably best in the late afternoon just before sunset. on our way back we saw 6 Bighorn Sheep and were able to get close enough for a few photos. Definitely going to do this hike again!

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

2/11/2020 easy wAlk in winter, beautiful views. Keep note of yellow markers

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3 months ago

Terrible markings

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3 months ago

My favorite trail at VoF

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4 months ago

(This was NOT a designated hike, but the AllTrails app considered this to be the only name available for what we did.) I took a guest with me on a ranger-guided "off-trail" hike in Valley of Fire on January 25, 2020. The contact person emailed me from the Valley of Fire State Park website on which I registered for the hike. Here is the exact description provided: “Named after a bighorn sheep ram’s head found in one of the canyons, this balloon loop hike is 4.5-miles with 750 ft of gross gain however, this hike will feel a lot longer. From the Fire Canyon Road parking lot, we will walk down an old dirt road before gradually dropping down into a deep and narrowing canyon. Once we reach the sandy wash at the bottom we will descend for a short distance before turning back up into Ram’s Head Canyon and eventually back to the old road. There are a couple of dry-falls going down the trail and three coming back up that will require some light scrambling and agility. We do not recommend children under the age of 10 on this hike.” After the first mile and light rock scrambling, our leader announced that was what we could expect going forward. He then advised that anyone not comfortable with this level of difficulty should turn back. All was as expected and not one of the 34 participants turned back. After much of the same, things began to get risky in the second half of the route. We began heavier rock scrambling with increased intensity. Most of the 34 participants appeared to be challenged and hesitant at several steep descents and precarious climbs. Many of these challenging obstacles required individual negotiation of arms reaching and legs stretching to gain secure holds. Some drops lacked secure footholds and required over 4’ jumps into the sand below. Unsuspectingly, we were led onto a narrow ledge lacking secure hand or footholds. Two instances occurred where we had to rely on assistance from volunteers to lock wrists over 20' crevices. A guide positioned himself near the ledge to offer his outstretched arm for stability. His foot was braced against a rock on the outside edge that dislodged. He urged us to take his wrist for support. Reluctantly, we had no choice but to take the questionable assistance offered as there was no retreat. The actual hike was tracked on the AllTrails app as 5.2 miles as opposed to the 4.5 miles stated. We suspect that the risks we faced were due to possible unplanned route deviation. We considered ourselves to be among the more fit of the group, yet unwilling to accept this level of risk had we known.

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

We combined this trail with the pink canyon and white domes. This is the second time to do this hike. I'd do it again, too. It is always amazing!

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4 months ago

Nice easy saunter through the park, the wave is a lot larger than I expected and continues throughout the valley. Was pretty busy for a weekday...

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4 months ago

The Fire Wave is in the Valley of Fire. It's our version of The Wave in Arizona. Here's the good news...you don't need a permit or get in a lottery to get in. The Fire Wave looks enormous from a distance. In actuality, the Fire Wave is small and still a beautiful piece of sandstone. The Fire Wave Trail will lead you to the Fire Wave. The hike is about a mile in length and pretty easy. However, the hike can be tough if you're doing it during the middle of summer or if you do not follow the trail/trail stakes. The wave itself is a sight to be seen. The pinkish, orange, red, and white colors of the sandstone combined with the backdrop gives that appearance that you're actually on a wave. Cowabunga!! Take my advice, bookmark this hike. Pretty cool stuff!

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4 months ago

Gorgeous! Must see. Few people on the trail. No ice or mud.

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