Valley of Fire Staycation

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.

Looking for a fun stay-cation in the Las Vegas area?

Believe it or not, there is more to Las Vegas than casinos, 24 hour booze, and adult entertainment.  If you're wondering what family fun there is to be found, Valley of Fire State Park may be just the thing you are looking for.  The nightly rate (which includes parking) is currently $30.  This month we were looking for an impromptu mini vacation before my husband deployed, and this was perfect for us.  There are no reservations, so you don't have to plan too far ahead, making it really ideal for locals.


Stunning views 

The views at Valley of fire are incredible!  You have so many options for hiking: flat, over rocks, red rocks, white rocks, you get the picture...  I have a few pictures below to inspire a visit of your own.

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
We loved looking at the rock formations and spotting hidden figures.
This one was a Triceratops skull...

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
From a different angle, it became the sphinx...

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
And here we have a frog

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
Heading out to "The Pinnacles"

Things to do

In addition to the many trails, there are petrified logs, petroglyphs, and a visitors center.  If you homeschool, this is an excellent "homeschool field trip".  Two birds with one stone for sure.  If you are looking to turn this into a replacement for a few school days, consider having your kids write creative stories about the images they see in the rock formations, make a sedimentary rock, or draw their own petroglyphs.


Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
I think we scored the best campsite- it's our go-to from now on!

Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
We arrived to some Aloha 😍
Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
Best part?  We found this hidden little treasure at our site.
We made several stories speculating about Ted & Diane.

 Things to know


  • Check the weather ahead of time!  I cannot stress that enough.  We hadn't thought about wind.  Let me tell you, in a place as sandy as Valley of Fire, you do not want to be camping in a windstorm.  We had to pack it in early, but learned a valuable lesson!


  • They have great showers on site and they are free.  The water is nice and warm; the pressure is great.


  • The visitors center sells firewood, although it's a bit cheaper at the minimart a ways down the road.  They also have a small assortment of ice cream.  That's a nice treat after a long hike.


  • Speaking of hikes- there are a ton of geocahes to find out there, but you will need to download the coordinates ahead of time as there is no internet inside the park.  If you get a little desperate, there is a bit of 3G at either gate!

Fun staycation of homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
The rocks were a built in playground for the kids


Fun staycation of homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
Daily yoga on the rock with mini-me


Fun staycation or homeschool field trip in the las vagas area! Valley of Fire state park.
Leila the Lab loved it too


Which staycation is a favorite of yours, and why?

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This post was inspired by Mama Kat

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