ACTION HUB: Hiking Valley of Fire State Park: 5 Geological Wonders to See
By: Suzanne Downing – Posted: December 22, 2021
There’s a reason why hikers compare trekking in Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park to the feeling of stepping foot on Planet Mars. The orange and rust-red colored Aztec sandstone outcrops transport you to what feels like a different planet. And from space — when the sun sets — NASA scientists report that the sandstone appears to be on fire.
With more than 40,000 acres to explore in the park, you can hike through narrow slot canyons, awe at vibrantly colored paths, feel the texture of sandstone and discover unique rock formations — all shaped millions of years ago during the Jurassic Period when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. Park rangers refer to the area as “An Island of Red Rock in the Desert.”
Rock formations found at Valley of Fire consist predominantly of sandstone, limestone, shale and conglomerates.