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Fire Wave at Valley of Fire
0.6 miles (0.95 km)
Please stay on the trail and follow the markers to protect sensitive areas and for safety.
Overview of Fire Wave Hike
The Fire Wave Trail is easy for almost all visitors to trek the 0.6 miles one way.
The trail is well-marked and easy to follow to get to the Fire Wave formations.
The first part of the trail sucks as it has deep red sand before you hit some solid rock slopes to make the rest of the hike easier.
The Fire Wave showcases amazing sandstone formations eroded by wind and water that resemble an ocean wave with swirling patterns of red, white, and pink sandstone.
The different colors of sandstone are due to oxidization of iron (the red colored sandstone) and manganese (the pink colored sandstone) with the presence of silica and/or bleaching of the sandstone caused by years of contact with water makes the sandstone white.
Isn’t nature amazing?!
Fire Wave Hike Information and Stats
Route Type: Out and Back
Distance: 0.6 miles and 1.2 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: Approximately 170′
Hiking Time: Easy hike but I would allow at least an hour to hike in and out with time for photos
Terrain: Sand and solid rock
Accessibility: Easy to access from the parking lot
Directions to Fire Wave
Trailhead: The trailhead is across the road and the trail heads south.
Parking: Yes, large parking lot (Parking Lot #3) is on the North side of the White Domes Road but it does get full during popular times. There is no parking on the roadside.
Fees: Entrance fee to the Valley of Fire State Park, click here to read more about the Valley of Fire Entrance Fees
Other Information About Fire Wave
Cellular Service: Yes, cell area at the parking lot
Kid Friendly: Yes
Dog-Friendly: Yes, on a leash
What to Take on Your Hike to Fire Wave
Valley of Fire Resources
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Valley of Fire Visitors Center
- Valley of Fire Entrance Fee
- Atlatl Rock at the Valley of Fire
- Beehives at the Valley of Fire
- Elephant Rock at the Valley of Fire
- John J. Clark Memorial
- Lone Rock at the Valley of Fire
- Poodle Rock at the Valley of Fire
- Seven Sisters at the Valley of Fire
- The Cabins at the Valley of the Fire
- Valley of Fire Group Campground
- Arch Rock Campground
- Atlatl Rock Campground
- Nevada Wildlife
Fire Wave Photos
Online Reference and Resources for Fire Wave
- I am a hiking enthusiast and not an expert, the information shared here is from my personal experiences and research to share with others as a reference.
- All stats such as distances, elevations, elevation gains, ratings, and times are approximate based on mobile apps, GPS data, Google Earth, and other references compiled as a resource.
- Click here to view my current hiking diary of other trails and points of interest for reference.
Fire Wave at Valley of Fire
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.