(Valley of Park is a visual delight and I cannot upload over 80 pictures(I took over 500) to this post each unique in its own way. They all describe this wonderful park but nothing can do justice to the experience you get when you spend time over here. Watch abstract art on the rocks in full quality at surendra.smugmug.com in the Valley of Fire Album)
The Valley of Fire 40 miles Northeast of Sin City is 150Million years in the making. To put it in perspective that is the time dinosaurs roamed the Earth. What makes this park outstanding is how nature spent these years in crafting a rich, awe inspiring tapestry of natural sculptures and abstract art on a scale unimaginable. To get myself prepped I took a drive from urban Los Angeles to the Valley of Fire returning back by road to native San Jose. California offers a contrasting potpourri- mountain peaks, ocean beaches, snow and yes the desert. From the majestic snow capped San Bernadino mountains to the olive green desert foliage pock-marked on golden yellow sand as well as naked rocks and mountains.
I15 meanders through the Mojave flirting alongside historic Route 66 for company. A slight detour gets you to some old but famous landmarks. As hunger strikes I made my way into Peggy Sue’s diner a 50’s themed and Route 66 thriving diner. (It’s big, and full most of the time). A place where I had my fill of a perfectly cooked vegetable Omelet!
Sin city welcomes with alluring ads but destination was Overton actually pit stop was the North Shore Inn in Overton. Chris and Deborah Wiggins migrated from Rocky Colorado to buy and manage this property. Customer satisfaction is priority here even if it means going out of the way. When Chris heard we wanted to step out at 4:45 am the next day to catch the sunrise Deborah quickly whipped up a bag breakfast the night before.
Valley of Fire surprises you in many ways and where it not for the meandering road that bisects the park this could just be another planet.
The Valley of Fire has its iconic spots the “Wave” being the most famous, but the Wave had to wait. The “wave” is best viewed at sunset. For sunrise it had to be the — let’s call it the Nike swish:
Elephant rock is naturally carved- viewed at any hour but if you want to catch a sun star then early pre-noon would be a good time:
The arches at Valley of Fire offer frame a view of the world outside:
It was late afternoon time to see the “Wave”:
and as it grew dark really dark it was a “starry” moment. The dark sky gave way to the “Milky way” pageant show and what a spot to capture that moment:
What makes the Valley of Fire so unique is not just the natural sculptures, it’s the abstract art painted on such a broad canvas that appears so surreal! I captured so many some simply amazing but here are just a short few. To enjoy these in high quality and many many more equally if not more outstanding visit my album “Valley of Fire” at surendra.smugmug.com
Cactus remind you always that you are in desert land:
The park was home to the ancient Pueblo people (300BC to 1150AD), petroglyphs or rock art from these ancient inhabitants can be found at various places in the park:
…and in this wonder park wildlife thrives but for two days I did not see one, then when it was time to leave they came out to bid a silent goodbye!
(See more fascinating abstract art on the rocks in the album “Valley of Fire” at surendra.smugmug.com)
The park is a favorite for many a hollywood movie and for car commercials. In fact a commercial shoot for the new Alpha Romeo took place when I was there. Did I get a shot of that car, lips are sealed – if I did it’s not coming on this site anytime soon.
Next week it’s Milan and Rome… till then…….