Fire Wave Trail

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Fire Wave Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Overton, Nevada that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

views

bugs

no dogs

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.

hiking
18 hours ago

Easy hike with a great reward at the end. Beautiful natural formation. Worth the easy hike from the road.

hiking
2 days ago

Path definitely could use some better marking as it was difficult to find our way to the end. Bring some water as you are out in the heat with minimal to no shade

hiking
1 month ago

Neat, quick hike.

hiking
1 month ago

It's a pretty nice hike and if you're already at the park, it's worth seeing. Parking is crowded. The patterns the rocks make are pretty cool. Downside is that, until the end, there's not much to see along this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike with the cool fire wave rocks at the end. The path could have been marked a bit clearer as we went a bit off course but still worth checking out.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! Technically speaking only base on Fire Wave Trail - Nice. Small thought. The Trail is Easy, big rocks plus the “Fire Wave (like) Rocks” are just cool, watch your step the rocks are rigid but other than that it’s something different. Sit, relax and clear your mind.

hiking
1 month ago

Very quick and easy hike with cool views of the rocks in the park. Would be an easy hike to pair with another longer hike for the day. Lots of water needed as most of the hike is in the sun.

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was crowded mid-day on a Tuesday in April. I imagine the whole thing would be more grand in early morning light anyhow. Lots of lizards, blooming cacti, and beautiful striped rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and no crowds on a Monday.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy walk out, but it was very heavily trafficked mid-day. Impossible to get a pic without many people in the shot.

A very easy hike, great for kids!

3 months ago

Hiked this trail in January and it was beautiful. Make sure you keep hiking past the fire wave and to the back side of the outcropping of rocks. You can climb to the top easily and have an amazing view of the fire wave and the surrounding scenery.

3 months ago

We got there as the sun was setting and once the sun went down we got caught in a sand storm with minimal visibility. We almost couldn’t find our way back to the parking lot so defiantly be very careful this is a short hike but still very cool

hiking
3 months ago

Short little hike over differing terrains, beautiful sandstone contacts and the conglomerates are beautiful as well. Fire wave itself is very small.

walking
5 months ago

This is definitely a walk rather than a hike, but more than a tourist stop stroll. Well worth it; the fire wave is unique and gorgeous. I had a perfect weather day, but imagine it gets painfully hot in the height of summer (bring water!) as you're walking on red rock or in sand the entire trail. I wasn't originally planning to stop at Valley of Fire on my drive to Zion, but really really glad I did. What a stunner.

hiking
5 months ago

very good short hike with unbelievable views of all types of rock formations.

hiking
6 months ago

Easily my favorite hike in the park. The views along the way weren't quite as good as Mouse's Tank, but the end of the hike was fantastic. The sandstone is striped like a giant cinnamon candy cane. You can't really see the detail up close, but the views all around have that spectacular striping. This hike has some uphill and downhill, including over a large portion of bare sandstone, but shouldn't cause any trouble for someone in decent health and fitness.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail is very sandy at start/finish but worth the effort.

7 months ago

Very fun and easy. Great trail for beginners.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful waves along second half of trail. Must go.

8 months ago

Beautiful! And once you reach the actual fire wave there was a nice breeze, especially if you climb up the rocks. Took my parents who aren’t regular hikers and they made it just fine. Will definitely go back!

8 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail with the most spectacular views. Don't miss this if you are in Valley of Fire.

walking
8 months ago

Pay attention to do not lose the trail

hiking
9 months ago

One of the most beautiful hike in the Valley of Fire trail. Lots of photo opportunities. Nice scenery and the hike is easy.

9 months ago

Hiked this trail in April 2017. Such amazing scenery.

10 months ago

Schöner, kurzer Hike. Früh am Morgen machen, wird im Sommer extrem heiß!!! Die Fire Wave ist sehr schön. Lohnt sich , wenn man die Hitze aushält.

hiking
10 months ago

Very hot. Beautiful rock formations, but would not recommend for August trip.

11 months ago

Short & Hot hot hot. Be careful, brings LOTS of water!

hiking
11 months ago

A short HOT hike over sand and stone.

trail running
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Short and easy hike to a place where every picture you take will be worthwhile - you cannot go wrong here. It's a small but endless playground where you can explore the rocks, their colours and patterns to your heart's delight.
Get here early or late in the day and use a polarisation filter on your SLR camera if you have one - it will make the beauty of all the colours so much more intense!
We did the trail on 6.30 am on Memorial Day weekend, any later would have been too hot, and too bright. There were 6 other people on the trail.

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