Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park has the most spectacular scenery of anyplace most seem to have never heard of. I guess the big attractions of nearby Las Vegas and Lake Mead overshadow this jewel. It has many square miles of tortured, twisted and fantastically eroded bright red sandstone sticking up in the vast expanse of rather bland desert scrubland. It forms an exploration inviting labyrinth. Being embedded right in coves the campgrounds are some of the prettiest I have ever seen. It's worth a couple days of exploration. If you have only one day, drive in from the east, take the side drive to White Domes, and exit to the west toward Lake Mead. I think the best hike is Mouses Tank. The best feature is being able to hike or climb willy nilly in most any direction without regard to trails.