Valley of Fire itinerary

Jul 24th, 2008, 03:59 PM
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Valley of Fire itinerary

Have one day to get out of the strip and explore. The plan is to rent a car and do some hiking in the Valley of Fire State Park. Is Hoover Dam/Lake Mead worth seeing? Iíve been reading pros and cons. If so, should we go to the dam first and then VOF, or vice versa?

Also, I understand thereís no restaurants in the areaÖ this the case? If so, Iíll need to pack a picnic.

My alternative plan was to go to Red Rock, Spring Mountain and Mt. Charleston but posters here seem to favor VOF.

What will the weather be like end of September? 80s?

Thank you.
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Jul 24th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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Even at the end of Sept the desert can be pretty hot and bright sun. For what it's worth, I'd do the dam last and I do think it is worth a visit. But if you save it for last you always have the option of not going if you find something that you just can't pass up in
Find a good deli in Las Vegas and pack a lunch, lots of water and have fun.
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Jul 25th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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If you plan on visiting the dam would suggest you do that first unless you plan on getting into Valley of Fire for dawn. It gets its name from the way the red rocks really "glow" at sunrise and sunset. If you don't care about that do the dam last that way the rocks haven't had a change to heat up all day.
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Jul 25th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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You could definitely take a lunch - but there was a little place near the Valley of Fire (right at the tip of the water from Hoover Dam) where we got sandwiches. I thought Valley of Fire was beautiful during the day, as well - and think it's much nicer than Red Rock (which I've gone to a couple times).....
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Jul 25th, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for your replies!

Is this doable in 1 day? Take I-15 to VOF, hike; return to Vegas via the scenic North Shore Road around Lake Mead, perhaps stopping at some marinas, and lastly, the dam?
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Jul 25th, 2008, 11:21 AM
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That's the way we did it--made the great circle route. You'll love it!
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Jul 25th, 2008, 01:45 PM
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great circle route - it will be very hot at VOF, bring lots of water, hats and sunscreen. i'd pick pretty short hikes.
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Jul 25th, 2008, 02:20 PM
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Thanks again for your replies; appreciate it.
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Jul 26th, 2008, 06:24 AM
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We did this last summer. Of course, with the heat did minimal hiking at VOF, but thought it was great place. Go to visitor center first and get map of the different trails and where the petroglyphs are located. We did like seeing Hoover Dam, got there too late for tours - maybe next trip.
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