Sunday, March 22, 2009

Valley of Fire



It has been years since I have been to the Valley of Fire. This weekend I went with Meetup.com to Skip's 5th Annual Valley of Fire campout and had a blast. After leading Kraft Mtn. on Saturday morning, I drove to VOF with Debbie and her kids.

To me VOF is more of a destination and sightseeing place than a hiking destination. After arriving at the group campsite, we were off to Mouse's Tank, a very short hike near the Visitor Center. There's an easy bypass to the left of the tank for those who wish to hike further up the canyon.

After returning to camp it was time for dinner and it was a feast. There were 45 hikers who all brought food. After dinner we sat around the campfire and Skip played classic rock songs on his guitar. It was a lot of fun. This was a different type of outing for me, but I really enjoyed it.

Camping at VOF is about as easy as it gets. There was drinkable water and bathrooms at our campsite. This would be a great first campout for a beginner.

Notes: It costs $6.00 per car to enter the VOF. Since this is a state park, national passes and the Red Rock pass are NOT honored here.