After driving just four hours south of Salt Lake City we are in a very different environment – sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 60 degree range. We spent one night in Sand Hollow SP in Hurricane, UT and were treated to a hot air balloon festival with balloons launching all around our campsite.
From Hurricane we traveled further south into Nevada where we camped and hiked at Valley of Fire SP. VFSP consists of 40,000 acres of land dominated by Aztec sandstone and limestone which combined creates spectacular scenery across the entire park. There are a number of petroglyphs in the park dating back apx. 2500 years. The state of Nevada has done a terrific job maintaining and conserving this land. The hiking trails are relatively short but offer great payoffs in regard to the views and wildlife viewing. We also found a number of narrow side canyons that provided solitude and great views. (004,005,006)