Fire Wave Trail

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Fire Wave Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly 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, 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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rocky
6 days ago

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9 days ago

Unreal. It’s like you’re on a different planet with the multiple colors of sandstone crashing on one another. The hike to the wave is very easy and hardly any elevation. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and id recommend going early in the morning or late in the evening because it gets hooooot there. Only 40 miles north east of vegas so if you’re in town you can make it a quick day trip. Definitely worth it! They have a nice visitor center and they have campgrounds but you can honestly knock out the whole park in less than a day.

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no shade
17 days ago

Really awesome short trail that takes you to unique formations. Nice way to get a taste of what the wave trail is like without the lottery. Be advised: no shade, bring LOTS of drinking water. Would love to return to spend more time when not so hot.

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1 month ago

Hiked this around March and it was the perfect weather. Gorgeous colors and striations. I highly recommend this hike as a time-out from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.

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1 month ago

I loved this trail. The fire wave is beautiful, don’t miss out on this! I hiked it in March when the temperature was about 68 degrees, and I still got pretty overheated. I would not recommend doing this trail when it’s very hot, it could become dangerous very quickly.

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2 months ago

This place is super cool. We did a 4-mile loop that was absolutely beautiful but it was incredibly hot. I would like to go back when it's cooler. bring a hat, sunscreen & plenty of water. Worth the trip if you're in Vegas and want to get some hiking in.

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no shade
3 months ago

Nice trail. Don't miss this.. It has beautiful scenery and is fun and easy to walk. Was there during cooler weather (78°) so it was easy to deal with heat-wise.

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rocky
3 months ago

3 months ago

very easy path, which leads to an intriguing and ultra-photogenic rock formation

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no shade
3 months ago

BEAUTIFUL PLACE. It says it’s lightly trafficked, but if you are unfortunate enough to be there when one of the buses arrives, well good luck getting a pic with no one on the background. Go there In the early morning. To avoid crowds and heat. Part of trail it’s sandy. Take water.

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4 months ago

Amazing color and formations, definitely recommend.

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4 months ago

Recommend this trail big time. Short “hike” more like a walk. Stunning. Beware of heat and where the sun is. Shade on most of the trail in the AM. Could see it easily getting very warm.

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4 months ago

Easy and beauty ;)

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no shade
4 months ago

Beautiful and cool trail, but very hot. Bring lots of water. We were basically always sipping our water. Definitely worth it, just be prepared!

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no shade
4 months ago

amazing view but no shade...at 95deg...it was killing me...too hot!

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5 months ago

Extremely easy. Jog it if you’re not out of shape for a very fun run. Small rocks as obstacles to hop off/over then a final run up the fire wave. Nice sights. Better than White Domes imo.

5 months ago

Fun and easy. Beautiful and great to take kids on.

5 months ago

okay, if you dont want crowds hike the bluffs above pink canyon, just as good

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rocky
5 months ago

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5 months ago

The wave itself is pretty cool although gets crowded. The rest of the trail is meh.

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no shade
5 months ago

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5 months ago

It’s amazing views, I really enjoyed the hike plus it’s also easy!

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rocky
5 months ago

LOVED this trail!!!

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no shade
rocky
6 months ago

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6 months ago

This trail has incredible rock formations and great views. I definitely suggest you go off trail a bit and do some exploring. Could get very hot in the summer because there is no shade, but we were here in early March and it was great. 1 hour.

hiking
6 months ago

I didn’t see the arch that others had in their pictures. The scenery was okay. We got a good workout. We did a lot of stops for photos so the trail can be done much sooner than my recording. If you’re not going to just complete the trail and live in the Las Vegas areas or something I would just go to Red Rock.

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no shade
6 months ago

Hiked this trail on 3/9. Trail is very flat and well-marked. No areas of shade along the way, so plan accordingly. The fire wave is a very popular photo destination, but the entire route is scenic with the feel of a Martian adventure. This hike alone would make the park worth a visit!

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