Fire Wave Trail

Valley of Fire State Park

Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, Nevada

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Fire Wave Trail


  • The Fire Wave awaits you at the end of this short hike.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The trailhead is across the road from parking lot number three.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The entire trail is well-marked with 4-foot sticks.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The views on the way to the wave just get better and better.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The last part of the trails is across rocks; just hop from one trail marker to the next- Fire Wave Trail
  • The colors of the surrounding rock are varied and beautiful.- Fire Wave Trail
  • 150-million-year-old sand dunes hardened into rock and were then eroded by weather.- Fire Wave Trail
  • For photography, mid-morning and mid-afternoon offer the best light.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The variety of rock formations is staggering.- Fire Wave Trail
  • Saying goodbye to the fire wave is tough.- Fire Wave Trail
  • The way out is just as easy to find as the way in.- Fire Wave Trail
  • - Fire Wave Trail
Overview + Weather
Easy, short hike. Spectacular scenery.
Not recommended in hot weather.
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
140.00 ft (42.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.20 mi (1.93 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,949.00 ft (594.06 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Fire Wave is one of the highlights of Valley of Fire State Park, and it is an easy hike that most will be able to complete. Navigation is easy as the trail is well marked with reflector posts, and some of the "trail" is just cross-country travel from post to post. Much of the trail is either on soft sand or bare rock slopes, so it is not suitable for the mobility impaired.

The parking lot is on the north side of White Domes Road, labeled "Parking Lot #3." The trailhead is across the road and the trail heads south. The first part of the trail is in deep sand, and it winds between and around huge red stone bluffs. The way in continues mostly downhill until the base of the Fire Wave rock structure is reached. Then it is a gradual uphill across colorfully-striped sandstone slopes until the saddle is reached and the Fire Wave itself can be seen below after 0.6 miles of walking.

The fire wave is a wonderland for the photographer and rock hopper (though technical rock climbing is not allowed in this area). Surrounded by yellow, orange, pink, and red rocks of amazing shapes, the Fire Wave folds on itself in picturesque, taffy-like curves. Much time can be spent exploring this area, and an hour before sunset and and hour after sunrise are particularly beautiful times to visit due to the orientation of the surrounding hills.

Note: all areas of the park except the campground and their immediate vicinity are closed after sunset until sunrise.

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