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Valley of Fire
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Stop 3 Valley of Fire
Location: Mojave Desert of southern Nevada about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Date: March 6, 2007

The Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and was dedicated in 1935.  This park gets its name from red sandstone formations created from great shifting sand dunes during the Jurassic Period, 150 million years ago. The current landscape is a result of uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by erosion.

 


The image shows a landscape view of some of the landforms in Valley Fire. 
In this image the red color in the rock is very visible and so is some of the erosion.

 

Long before this area was settled by whitey there were Prehistoric peoples who called this area home.  The two main groups that used this area were the Fremont people and later Anasazi farmers. These two groups probably used this area for hunting, food gathering and religious ceremonies. Evidence of these people can be seen in the petroglyphs found through out the park etched into the stone.

 


This is an example of the petroglyphs that are found in the park

 

By Shana Neumann