Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

The Grand Canyon tends to be the go-to side destination for a trip from Las Vegas. But it takes five hours or more to drive there, making it a difficult day trip. To get your nature fix without the long trek, head instead to Valley of Fire, which is just 55 miles from Sin City. Taking its name from the millions-of-years-old sculpted red sandstone formations, Nevada's oldest and largest park is a great place to hike, view ancient rock art, search for desert wildlife and see an explosion of wildflowers bloom in the spring.

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