Valley of Fire Visitor Center
Valley of Fire Visitor Center Overview
The Valley of Fire visitor center offers local information, books, souvenirs, and exhibits on the Valley of Fire and the surrounding area. The exhibits include geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of the Valley of Fire and nearby area.
As it’s a very popular stop, it is advised to make this your first stop before the parking lot gets full. Note, that there is an overflow parking lot if the main parking lot is full.
Valley of Fire Visitor Center Address
29450 Valley of Fire Road – Overton, NV
Valley of Fire Visitor Center Phone Number
Valley of Fire Visitor Center Hours
The visitors center is open 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily.
Valley of Fire Visitor Center Amenities
Restrooms, Parking, Information, First Aid, Drinking Water, Public Telephone, and a Ranger Station
Sign up at the Valley of Fire State Park with information about it being the first state park.
This park, situated on the old Arrowhead Trail, was designed on March 26, 1935, as Boulder Dam-Valley of Fire State Park.
Through four state parks were established by concurrent legislation, Valley of Fire is considered Nevada’s first state park as it was dedicated prematurely on Easter Sunday, 1934.
Thomas W. Miller of Reno (Overton-Caliente) led the move to establish Nevada’s state park system. He was appointed in 1935 as the first park commission chairman.
Recognized nationally for its outstanding scenic, geologic, and archeological features, 8,760 acres were patented to the state in 1931 as a state exchange grant.
Civilian conservation corp companies initiated park development in 1933.
The Valley of Fire Visitor Center has a limited supply of refreshments. I personally take my own water, snacks, etc.
The Valley of Fire Visitor Center has a coffee maker and water filling station in the lobby.
Petrified Log Exhibit when you first enter the Valley of Fire Visitor Center. “This log is evidence of ancient forests that existed in this area about 225 million years ago. The log was covered by clay and silt in a shallow sea. Over millions of years, the actual wood was replaced by silica, eventually becoming a solid mass of rock in the exact form of the original wood. Large and small pieces of petrified wood may be seen in many places throughout the Valley of Fire.
Click here to learn more about Petrified Wood and the Petrified Logs at Valley of Fire.
One of the many placard boards with information about the wildlife found in the Valley of Fire.
Click here to view a list of Nevada wildlife that may be found in the Valley of Fire.
The Valley of Fire Visitor Center offers visitors live exhibits and information on the history of the area.
If you want to enjoy all of the information they offer, I would plan at least half an hour to absorb all the information.
Meet one of the live exhibits, Elvis – a Gopher Snake.
Inside the visitor center at the information desk, you will find printed maps if you didn’t get one when you entered the park and a stamp station to use to stamp your Nevada State Park Passport Booklet.
There is a box outside the front of the visitor center to use to stamp your Nevada State Park Passport Booklet.
Take a stroll through the garden where you will see large cacti and if the season is right, large beautiful yellow flowers.