During my 48 hours in Las Vegas trip last week, my number one goal was to visit the Five Wave at Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park. It looked so amazing in all of the pictures I had seen online before going, and seeing it in person definitely lived up to my expectations! I was so amazed the entire time I was in the Valley of Fire State Park, and the Fire Wave just added even more onto that amazement. I literally have never seen rock formations this beautiful before in my whole life.
I order to reach the Fire Wave, there is a parking lot labeled “Parking Lot 3” on Mouse’s Tank Road. There is a small sign in the parking lot with an arrow pointing across the street to show where you can find the trail head. While walking along the trail before you get to the Fire Wave it is amazing how many different types of rock you see. You walk along sand for a bit, and then you begin passing an area with a bunch of green limestone (next to which I believe is the Rock of Gibraltar). After passing the green limestone, you come to a sort of 2-way fork and you will want to go to the right, which brings you on top of a huge rock. You basically just walk all the way along this hug rock until it begins to go downhill, which is where you will find the Fire Wave.
Another interesting this is when you are on top of this huge rock, there are just thousands of random conglomerate rocks spread out everywhere. All I could think was, “how the hell did these get here?” It literally did not make any sense. But while we were exploring on this huge rock, we found this mountain of rocks along one of the edges, and there were massive boulders of conglomerate rocks all along this edge. Over time the wind and other factors must slowly start spreading the conglomerate rocks all over the rest of the rock face. Also nearby this rock mountain, the rock face had these sort of warts popping out of it. Some were even separated from the rock face and were just little perfect spheres. I even found one that looked like a Mickey Mouse head!
Check out my photos of the Fire Wave and trail leading to the Fire Wave below!