Valley of Fire ATV Tour: Day Trip from Las Vegas

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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… I decided to go back to the desert, this time of my own free will.

Ever since I saw photos on the internet I knew I wanted to make it to the Valley of Fire. Valley of Fire is an easy day trip from Las Vegas and I found a great way of exploring it: on an ATV. The area was dedicated as a State Park in 1935, making it Nevada’s first.

The Best ATV Tour in the Valley of Fire: Day Trip from Las Vegas

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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 that I saw from a helicopter as driving to the Grand Canyon takes more time and you don’t actually get to spend that much time on location. That being said, I think I made the best possible choice: I booked a self-driving ATV tour in the Valley of Fire.

I was in love with the surroundings the moment I arrived.  The fiery red sandstone glistened in the sun looked so colorful like if they were on fire.  DSC01680


Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire isn’t the most popular attraction, receiving approx. 300,000 visitors each year (vs Grand Canyon approx. 6 million). That’s good news for you, as you won’t experience any crowds there despite being just 6 miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles north of Las Vegas Strip.

Its red rocks formations happened over 150 million years ago when dinosaurs walked on this planet due to continent moves and erosion. As there were a lot of caves, Indians use to hunt and live there. We can now see drawings from over 3000 years old on some rocks!DSC01681


My ATV 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), and 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. I got an ATV.

Valley of Fire ATV Tour


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 what 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.

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 start 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.Valley of Fire ATV Tour


During my tour I got 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. Valley of Fire has so many picturesque spots!

 


Considering my inexperience and fear of driving an ATV, 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 and screamed but 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! And if you’re reading this, it means that I survived my tour. I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.

Do you have any questions about the Valley of Fire? Share your thoughts!

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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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