150 million years ago during the time of the dinosaurs, the red sandstone formations that we now enjoy as solid rock, were great shifting sand dunes. It took eons of uplifting, faulting, and inland seas in the area, followed by erosion to create the current landscape that was first used by Native Americans thousands of years ago.
The earliest visitors to Valley of Fire included the Anasazi – approximately 300 BC to Ad 1150 – who lived along the Virgin and Muddy Rivers. They were followed by the Paiutes and later the Spanish and the whites. Many of these people traveled through or camped in what is now known as The Valley of Fire.
On this website our Valley of Fire sites are divided into four sections. Valley of Fire Atlatl Rock, Valley of Fire Cabins, and Valley of Fire Mouse’s Tank and Valley of Fire – Off the Beaten Path.
Most of the sites in this part of the series – Off The Beaten Path – are ones that most people will not get a chance to see because they are not advertise by the park, but most are accessible by hikes ranging from 1 mile to 6 miles round trip. With the difficulty levels ranging from “a walk in the park” to “huffing and puffing”.
Valley of Fire is a great place; you just need to slow down and take the time to enjoy it.