Hike to the Fire Wave

Nevada The Fire Wave

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.3 Miles

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Short hike with a big reward in Valley of Fire State Park. No permit needed for this photographer's dream.

Once a secret unmarked location The Fire Wave has quickly become a huge draw for park visitors in The Valley of Fire. The hike to the sandstone wave is just over a half mile of sand and sandstone and it's worth every step.

While not as popular as The Wave in Utah the Fire Wave can be accessed without the need for a permit and provides equally stunning vistas.

The trail starts across the road from parking lot #3 on Mouse's Tank Rd. There's plenty of parking for RV's and vehicles but no water or restrooms nearby. Be prepared, in the summer it's deathly hot and there is no shade along the trail. Be sure to fill up at the visitor's center or the nearby gas station close to the East Entrance of the park.

Sunrise, sunset, and night time are all great for shooting The Fire Wave. Sunset is gorgeous but you'll have to get there early and set up to get the spot you want. The area is very popular. Night photography is also fun here although you'll be battling neon light pollution from Las Vegas and shooting between a constant stream of airplanes.

The short hike out to The Fire Wave is worth it year round and with so many good days of shooting weather in Southern Nevada this location is a must shoot.

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I did this short out and back with my husband and father-in-law in some serious heat, but the views were definitely worth the sweat. Bring tons of water, a sun hat, sun protection, etc. and do heed the heat warnings. (We got back just as the hottest part of the day was starting and it was about 104 degrees).

about 2 months ago
about 2 months ago

One of the highlights of the Valley of Fire. The hike to the Fire Wave is easy and short. The Fire Wave itself is a unique piece of the desert with pleasant scenery all around it. It's worth hanging out for sunset and waiting around for the crowd it draws to filter out of area. Excellent place for photography.

9 months ago
9 months ago

This is the perfect short hike just an hour from Vegas if you need an escape from the glitz and gambling. It's not THE WAVE but if you angle your shot just right you might fool some people!

11 months ago
11 months ago

Short and easy hike to see Fire Wave. I expected something more spectacular since it was compared to The Wave in Utah but I can't say I was amazed. I'm glad it didn't take all day to get here.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It was a very easy hike in and out and well worth it! But I think they changed their night policy, I was there a few weeks ago and there's signs posted all over that say "Open Sunrise to Sunset otherwise you're trespassing" so double check with the Rangers before you stay late

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Just an amazing formation. As always leave no trace and avoid walking on the formation itself.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This whole park is incredible - while night photos can be possible, it's pretty regulated as the park officially closes at 9 or 10 - I've been kicked out, unfortunately.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

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