View of Cabins made from stone

Are the Cabins at Valley of Fire worth it?

The Valley of Fire is full of amazing things to do and see. We wanted to find out if visiting the Cabins was worth it.

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Valley of Fire Cabins at a Glance

LocationHistoric Cabins Valley of Fire, CGJ9+79, Moapa Valley, NV 89040
CostThe Valley of Fire State Park entrance fee is $10 per vehicle and $15 for non-NV vehicles (pricing subject to change).
AmenitiesThe Cabins, historic information signs, parking, picnic tables, trash receptacle, primitive restrooms
Rating2.5 Mooses

History of the Cabins

The Cabins were originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). They were constructed to provide shelter to visitors after the Valley of Fire officially became a state park.

Today, the cabins are being preserved as a reminder of the work accomplished throughout Nevada by the C.C.C.

Information board aboud The Cabins
Information board

What to expect at the Cabins

The Cabins are located near the eastern entrance of the park, which happens to be the quieter side of the park. We had just finished viewing the nearby Elephant Rock and thought we’d stop by the Cabins on our way back home.

When we arrived at the small parking area, there were only a few spots left and quite a few visitors milling around.

Crowds looking at old stone structures in the desert

We didn’t have to wait long before the place cleared out and we had the cabins all to ourselves.

Rock cabin structure
Cabins against a rock wall in Valley of Fire

Inside, you’ll find an empty room with stone floors covered in sand and a lone fire place.

primitive stone structure with a fireplace

The accommodations may have been simple, but the views were spectacular.

Looking out a window across the desert

After you’re done exploring the inside of the cabins, head outside to the back of the structures and look for the petroglyphs hiding on the canyon walls.

View from behind the Cabins Valley of Fire
View from behind the cabins
Petroglyphs carved in red sandstone wall
Petroglyphs behind the Cabins

There really isn’t anything else to see here, but you can stop for a snack at the picnic table area (that’s what we did).

Picnic tables covered by structure to provide shade

Otherwise, it’s time to head off on your next adventure in the Valley of Fire.

Road leading to the Cabins Valley of Fire
Road leading to the Cabins

The bottom line

Rating: 2.5 Mooses

2.5 Mooses

What we liked:

  • We liked learning about the history of the area and imaging what it was like to sleep in the cabins.
  • There were a few petroglyphs located behind the cabins.
  • The views looking south from the cabins were enjoyable.

What we didn’t like:

  • When we arrived, there were quite a few people visiting and it was tough to get a picture. It turned out it was just bad timing.
  • There’s isn’t a lot to do at this stop. Unless you want to have a picnic, you really only need 10-15 minutes.

Verdict: There are better places in the park to spend your time. Unless seeing old structures is appealing to you, we would recommend skipping this stop.

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