Since I photographed the Valley of Fire for Photograph America Newsletter #045 - Valley of Fire, Nevada in 1997, I have been returning for more photo explorations every time I drive through Nevada’s largest state park, located an hour east of Las Vegas. I realized the fantastical rock formations and spectacular red sandstone landscapes needed more coverage. Park rangers have been helpful with information about remote and seldom-visited features of the park. Chatting with photographers on the trails often helps me find new locations. I’ve been recording GPS coordinates to mark new discoveries.
Described in this issue #129 - Return to Valley of Fire, Nevada are some locations that you will want to photograph on your next trip to the Valley of Fire. Many of the best formations are hidden away, far from park roads. There are few official trails through the Valley of Fire. If you park your car safely and legally off the pavement, you can explore anywhere you wish. The Scenic Drive to White Dome is closed at sunset. There are many other places in the park to photograph at sunset.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.