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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.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Cave Views Rocky Off trail No shade
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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.

Parking is a gravel parking area on the left side of the main road in Valley of Fire State Park. It is located 4.7 miles from the Visitors Center and is marked on the State Park brochure.

Valley of Fire State Park P.O. Box 515 Overton, Nevada 89040 Phone: (702) 397-2088 http://www.yourhikeguide.com/valley-fire-state-park/

If coming from The Strip in Las Vegas, take Flamingo to I-15 and head north. Stay on I-15 north for 37 miles.Take Exit 75 (Valley of Fire/Lake Mead) Turn right (east) onto Valley of Fire Highway. Stay on Valley of Fire Highway for about 15 miles. You will pay $10 at the West Entrance and the Visitors Center is 4 miles ahead on your left. Stop in to get updated weather conditions and drinking water. If coming from the north, you can take the same exit as listed above, or you can get off of I-15 earlier at Exit 93 toward Nevada Hwy 169. Head south on NV-169 for 18 miles. Turn right onto Valley of Fire Highway and follow for 5.5 miles to reach the Visitors Center. To arrive at the Fire Wave Trailhead, leave the Visitors Center and follow the main road for 4.7 miles. You will see a small parking area on the left-hand side of the road. This is trailhead for the Fire Wave. The trail starts on the other side of the road.

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Tishaunda Lewis-Penn
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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeRocky

Amazing views, scenery and peaceful out here! Definitely go early morning hours if in the summertime or go when Vegas has cooler weather cause you can spend hours here!

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robert lowers
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Gorgeous well marked trail worth the walk!

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Trevor Hopper
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Patty R
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Ilaria Luckovich
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Beautiful but too hot right now.

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Dee Martinez
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Walking

Beautiful. Get an early start as there is no cover except one small alcove. Water, sunscreen, and a hat are advised. Nice, quick walk with great views.

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fabiola M
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Scenic drivingFeeGreat!No shade

it's a very short trail but the views are amazing. This was a last minute trip we did while in Vegas we got there around 5:30 pm, bring water! 100+ weather. I definitely want to go back, so many other trails to explore and the views even from the road are amazin! sandy the first part of the trail.

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Taylor & Brian Walsh
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Kylee F
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Hot, it was not marked well

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Stan Miles
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Valerie Dynda
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HikingNo shade

Great hike, I am just in love with the fire waves at the end of the hike. It isn’t super clear where you are supposed to be hiking once you are out to the clearing with the fire waves. Lots of cool rock formations. No shade, especially at the end!!!

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claudia ki
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No shadeRocky

no shade, do early in the morning but it was a short hike so just make sure to bring water. awesome views

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Kennedy Waring
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Very hot and not a lot of shade. Some parts of the trail are fully sand. The wave at the end makes the trail worth it in the hot weather!

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Anne Lucas
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5 stars for the view at sunset. Absolutely gorgeous! Very easy walk. Starts in sand, the rest is over rock. Easy to find the trail markers. Took us 12min to get to the end of the trail- with two adults and two kids ages 4 and 7. Fun to climb on the rock at the end of the trail.

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William Delgado
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Amazing views , easy to moderate hike , not much shade areas. The end is rewarding , the fire waves are stunning . Not as big as what you see on websites and pictures . But still , the view is amazing.

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Aj Past
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HikingNo shade

The first time we hiked this trail was during sunrise. This time, sunset and I would say sunset looks much better. Trail is easy to follow, just keep following the trail markers. No shade all the way, try to hike very early morning or very late in the afternoon. Video of the hike: https://youtu.be/nmKmk9PnzSY

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Andrew Raby
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Fun trail the wave was not as big as I thought it would be but still awesome felt like I was on a different planet

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Stephanie Shields
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This was an amazing views hike. I couldn’t stop smiling at the scenery I was surrounded by. The Fire Wave is beautiful. (A bit smaller than I was picturing but so different than anything I’ve ever seen.) We continued walking past the wave to the riverbed and made a right. We followed the riverbed for 1.6 miles to the Pastel Canyon (Pink Canyon) and that made the entire blazing hot, sun beating down hike worth it!! Stunningly beautiful slot canyon!!

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Jason Salter
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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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Marco Siliezar
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Hiking

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

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Dee Aliganga
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Easy and rewarding. Exposed, not much shade.

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Zane Ayers
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HikingNo shade

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

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

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