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The Best Valley of Fire Tour from Las Vegas

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Doing a Las Vegas-Valley of Fire tour is something you will never forget. If you have the time to take a day trip from Las Vegas, I highly recommend visiting this National Natural Landmark and Nevada’s oldest state park, dating back to 1934.

Millions of years of erosion and wind created the park’s intriguing rock formations. There are many things to do in Valley of Fire. Here, you can find canyon peaks, plateaus, petrified trees and dunes, and unique geological structures of shale, limestone, and red Aztec sandstone. When the sun hits the rocks, they have a fiery appearance, hence the name Valley of Fire!

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The Best Valley of Fire Tour from Las Vegas

We absolutely loved the tour we did, which included transportation from the Las Vegas Strip to the Valley of Fire and a guided hike through the park. It was a wonderful experience seeing the multi-colored formations, Atlatl Rock, and the petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloans, who originally inhabited the land. No doubt, this is the best state park near Las Vegas.

This guide includes info about visiting the Valley of Fire from Vegas, tour itineraries, and pricing. It’s just 45 minutes to Valley of Fire from Las Vegas, so if you haven’t been here yet, I strongly suggest adding it to your list!

Valley of Fire hiking tour, the best Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas

This hiking tour from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire, Nevada is the perfect way to explore the state park while enjoying a guided adventure. Choose from an easy, moderate, or challenging hike and follow an expert guide across plateaus, dunes, and red Aztec sandstone.

During our tour, we hiked to the Fire Wave, one of the most striking areas in the park. We also visited some intriguing rock formations like the Beehives, Seven Sisters, and Elephant Rock. Our guided hike involved some scrambling over shale peaks, hiking through the Fire Cave, and climbing the stairs of Atlatl Rock. We even saw some petroglyphs and learned about the history and geology of the park. The tour ended with a quick stop at the Visitor’s Center before we headed back to Las Vegas.

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Valley of Fire hiking tour, the best Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas

I think the Valley of Fire is a place you can visit on your own, but you’ll get to know the area a lot better and find some secret spots if you go with someone who knows the valley. We took this Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas the first time we visited, and I can say that it’s worth every penny if it’s your first time there.

  • Highlights: Hiking, petroglyphs, Fire Wave, Mouse’s Tank, White Domes, Atlatl Rock, the Beehives, Elephant Rock
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Number of participants: 12
  • Price: $119+
  • Description: Take a bus past the Lake Mead Recreation Area to Valley of Fire State Park, where you’ll embark on a hike that suits your fitness level. Spot ancient rock formations, petroglyphs, dunes, and more while your guide shares historical and geological facts.

Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas departure & return

This Valley of Fire tour begins with pick-up from your Vegas Strip hotel at 6 am. You’ll arrive at the state park around 7 am and take a guided hike of 4-6 hours depending on the difficulty level, then return to the Strip. This tour also has an afternoon option that departs Las Vegas at 12:30 pm and returns at 6 pm.

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Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas departure & return

We took the morning tour, so the sunlight was just beautiful. Also, the temperature wasn’t too hot for hiking, so I highly recommend booking the first time slot if it’s available.

Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour itinerary

Your tour to Valley of Fire from Las Vegas will last 4-6 hours depending on the difficulty level of your hike. That said, everyone will arrive at the state park and head back to Vegas at the same time.

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Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour itinerary

We went for the challenging hike with John, and this was our itinerary:

  • 6 am: Hotel pick-up and bus ride from the Las Vegas Strip to Valley of Fire State Park.
  • 7 am: Arrive at Valley of Fire and separate into hiking groups. Only three other hikers opted for the challenging hike, so it was the five of us and John.
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Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour itinerary

  • 7 am – 12 pm: Guided hike through the park. The easy and moderate hikes end a bit earlier than the challenging hike, but everyone will end at the same point and meet up at the Visitor’s Center.
  • 12 pm: Stop by the Visitor’s Center if you wish, then take the bus back to Las Vegas.

While most people opt for the morning hike through Valley of Fire from Las Vegas, there is also an afternoon tour that follows the same itinerary.

Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas price

Tours to Valley of Fire from Las Vegas range in price depending on the difficulty level:

  • Easy hike(4 hours): $119
  • Moderate hike (4-5 hours): $129
  • Challenging hike (5-6 hours): $139

What’s included in this excursion to Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas

This Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour includes transportation, admission to the Valley of Fire Visitor’s Center, a guided hike, snacks, and water. All you’ll have to pay for is any tips you’d like to give the hiking guide and driver.

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What’s included in this excursion to Valley of Fire State Park from Las Vegas

I also recommend bringing some more food to have lunch on your way back to Las Vegas, in case you end up working up an appetite after your hike like we did!

Las Vegas – Valley of Fire tour review

Visiting the Valley of Fire from Las Vegas was a lovely experience. The drive to Valley of Fire is quick and easy, and we got views of the Lake Mead Recreation Area along the way.

We chose the challenging hike, which lasted about 5.5 hours. At some points, we had to climb canyon walls and scramble over petrified logs and trees. John, our guide, was amazing and showed us the best places to take photos. Not only did we get to see colorful and unique geological formations like Elephant Rock, but we learned about the park’s history, too.

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Las Vegas – Valley of Fire tour review

Atlatl Rock was one of the most unique structures we saw, and it was also where we saw the most petroglyphs. Along with the rock art, we saw some desert reptiles and even a fox, which was a nice bonus.

If you’re going to take this Las Vegas tour to Valley of Fire, I recommend the morning hike so you can beat the Nevada heat and avoid crowds on the hiking trails. It’s 100% worth the price to see this amazing scenery up close!

Valley of Fire Las Vegas map

What’s great about this hiking tour is that the guides are very knowledgeable about the area, so they’ll show you the best spots and some hidden gems. Below is a map of the top attractions you’ll see on your Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour.

FAQs – Valley of Fire tour from Las Vegas

If you have any concerns about touring the Valley of Fire from Las Vegas, you might find the answer in these commonly asked questions.

Valley of Fire road trip is the perfect way to escape the busy Strip. The state park is just 50 miles to the northeast, so it takes about 45 minutes to drive there.

The directions to Valley of Fire from Las Vegas are pretty easy. Get on I-15 North and follow it until Exit 75. Take that exit and merge onto the Valley of Fire Highway East to the park’s West Entrance Station.

Yes! You can take I-15 North to Lake Mead Boulevard or Valley of Fire Highway. If you don’t have a car or don’t want to drive, consider a Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour. Also, if it’s your first time visiting this incredible state park.

There are several Valley of Fire tours from Las Vegas, but my favorite is this guided hiking tour that takes you through the park.

In general, most Las Vegas Valley of Fire tours range from $120-$200. The hiking tour we took costs $119-$139, depending on the length of the hike.

Now you know more about this beautiful state park and my favorite Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour! Spending a few hours at this natural landmark is one of the best things to do outside Las Vegas and a must!

That said, we’ve visited the Valley of Fire many times on our own after our first Las Vegas Valley of Fire tour, and we’ve written an article with the top things to do at the Valley of Fire. If you like the outdoors, I highly recommend camping in the Valley of Fire. It’s probably the coolest place to camp in Nevada.

And that’s it from me! If you have any other questions, feel free to leave me a comment below, so I can help you out. Have a safe trip!


COFOUNDER & TRAVEL JUNKIE

Hi, I'm Ascen, a globetrotter based in Philadelphia, USA. I enjoy exploring new landscapes and creating in-depth travel guides for Capture the Atlas.

I have felt a special connection with nature and all the inhabitants of the planet since I was a kid. I am passionate about discovering new countries and especially their wildlife, but no matter how many places I visit, I will always belong to the remote beaches of Almería, in Southern Spain.

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