Valley of Fire: Exploring the Fire Wave Trail

Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park
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Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates

appreciation and gratitude.

~Louie Schwartzberg~
Fire wave trail

Fire Wave Trail at a Glance

Round Trip Mileage1.2 miles
Elevation Gain236 feet
Average Time1-2 hours
DifficultyEasy
Entrance FeesState Park Fee ($10 per vehicle, Note if the booth is closed then you need exact change cash only, otherwise they accept credit cards).
Rating5.0 Mooses
Our Hike Approx 1.5 hours for hike including pictures
Fire Wave

How to get to the Fire Wave Trailhead

For details on how to get to the Valley of Fire, check out this guide of FAQs.

Once you arrive at the park, it’s easy to get to the trailhead. The Fire Wave trailhead is relatively new and isn’t listed in every guidebook. You can find it by driving into the park and turning left on Mouses’s Tank Road (if you enter from the west part of the Park – this is most common when coming from Las Vegas). Follow signs that guide you towards “White Domes.”

Directions to the Fire wave Trailhead
Valley of Fire Directions

You’ll drive through the most scenic part of the park. You’ll want to drive as slow as you can (without disrupting the flow of traffic), to take in the magnificent sights. After driving past multiple parking lots, you’ll see a parking lot on the right about 1.5 miles up the road. There are several lots if it’s busy (and it does get busy) that you could stop at and walk to the trailhead in a pinch.

Purple wildflowers
Wildflowers at Valley of Fire

Know before you go

Fire Wave Trail sign
  • The Fire Wave trail is one of the most popular trails in the park and therefore it gets super busy. Don’t be surprised if you share the main attraction with many other hikers!
  • To beat the crowd, head up during the day (M-F) or be there around sunrise after the park opens. The worst time to visit is on the weekend, especially around sunset.
  • Coincidentally, the best time to visit is also at sunset. When the sun dips behind the horizon, the colors are magnified on the sandstone. This is the absolute best time to capture those beautiful pictures.
  • Pets are welcome to visit the trail, but must be kept on a leash the entire time (of not more than 6 feet in length).
Beautiful red rocks on fire wave trail

Visit or stay home?

Rating: 5.0 Mooses

I really enjoyed my visit at the Valley of Fire. The Fire Wave trail was short and sweet, and I would rate it as easy. The biggest attraction is for photographers and you will need a certain type of light to get the best shots. It’s ease of access means you’ll be sharing the trail with many others. Despite the crowds and need for nature’s cooperation to snap the perfect photo, this is a 5.0 Mooses hike!

Verdict: Visit

Red sandstone formations on fire wave trail
Fire Wave Trail
Red Rocks in Valley of Fire
Beautiful Red Rocks

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