My ATV Tour in the Valley of Fire

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The first time I visited Las Vegas in 2009 I was left in the desert with my friend against my will. Yes, you read that correctly – I was stuck in the desert near Barstow with my friend and a Russian guy for almost 6 hours until we were rescued by a Mexican bus. However, that’s a story for another time…

Anyways, I decided to come back to the desert, this time of my own free will. While in Las Vegas I knew that I wanted to see some of the surrounding areas that many people often forget about. There are tons of possibilities not too far away such as day tours to Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, the Valley of Fire, and even Zion National Park. I chose to go to the Valley of Fire instead of the iconic Grand Canyon as I wanted to escape from the tourists for a bit. That being said, I think I made the best possible choice: I booked a self-driving ATV tour in the Valley of Fire.DSC01680

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The beginning of the tour

The beginning of the tour


I was picked up early in the morning from my hotel and after picking up a small group of guests (we were 7 total), we drove to the base to pick up the equipment for our tour. We all got a helmet and goggles as it can get dusty in the desert and then we were ready to continue to the Valley of Fire.

The company that organized the tour, SunBuggy, offered a few options for vehicles: an ATV, a buggy car, and a bigger 4-seater vehicle. In my group there were 3 people on ATVs including myself, a couple in a buggy, and one couple in a 4-seater vehicle. When we arrived to the starting point, our vehicles were already waiting for us.

I was a bit scared in the beginning as I’m a bad driver, not in terms of actual driving ability, but because it always makes me stressed. One would ask then why in the hell did I book a self-driving ATV tour to explore the Valley of Fire? Simply because I like to take challenges.DSC01641

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After my guide taught me everything about my ATV, I was ready to go. What was cool about this tour was that we weren’t just driving one after the other the entire time, we were free to do as we wished. We could stop whenever we wanted to take some photos, rest, or whatever else. There was no rush and our guides were making sure everyone was fine and going at their own pace.

Not only that, there were snacks and drinks for us at the driver’s vehicle so I started to wonder if it was the lunch included. Apparently I was wrong about that as at the end of the tour we were taken to a small American diner called Tiffany’s Pies and Subs for a real lunch.

We could order anything we wanted to starting from sandwiches, wraps, salads, shaved ice, and chips. The place was delicious, so if you’re ever in Logandale it’s definitely worth a try.

During the tour we also had time to do some climbing so I jumped at the opportunity pretty much instantly. Even though I only explored a few rocks in the Valley of Fire, I think it’s a pretty good place for a climbing amateur. The fact that each one of us could wander around for as long as we wanted to was great as the Valley of Fire has so many picturesque spots!DSC01673

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Hello from the top of the rock!

Hello from the top of the rock!


Considering my inexperience and fear of driving, it was inevitable that I would encounter a few problems on the road. When I was trying to ride up quite a big hill, my ATV refused to cooperate and started sliding down.

I got scared, screamed, and to my surprise I got helped in less than a minute! Never have I experienced such quick and effective crisis help. That’s why at the end of the tour I was even jumping on the dunes on my ATV!

If you’re reading this it means that I survived my tour and I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.

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10 Comments

  1. Mar 23, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    This is my area of the world so I feel inclined to speak up. We were just there in Logandale this weekend. Valley of Fire is great for ATVs. It’s also great for hiking, riding jeeps and rhinos. The red rock formations in your photos came from volcanic underwater eruptions back before the dinosaurs. All of these rocks and canyons were underwater and that’s what created all the creases and caves. I liked your photos. The red rock formations are pretty amazing. If you’re still there at the Valley of Fire State Park, you should hike the Mouse Trap. The Mouse Trap is an archeological gold mine. It’s full of Native American artifacts. The Lost City Museum in Overton is a must see, and taking a little extra cash to buy beaded Native American necklaces, bracelets, dreamcatchers, and purchase other jewelry with semi-precious stones (turquoise) — well worth it. Stop by Logandale at a place called Tiffany’s (a local sub place), and order the Hawaiian ice with a snowcap. Those are terrific. The locals know, but the tourists generally don’t. There’s a lot of fun things to do there in Overton-Logandale. The weather is perfect right now. I think you will love it.

  2. Mar 31, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Beautiful places and photos. I love rocky deserts. I think now I have one more to visit…

    • Mar 31, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Definitely!

  3. Mar 31, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    Great trip!
    I’d love to do something like that on an ATV – I did such a trip once in Egypt and it was lots of fun!

    • Mar 31, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Haha, not sure why I’m so clean actually – everyone else was pretty dirty 😀

  4. Seba
    Mar 31, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Oh It’s amazing! ATV and dessert – looks like perfect connection!

  5. Apr 2, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Nice story! I would like to try this kind of trip! Best wishes, Marta

    • Apr 2, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Do it! 😀

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