Blacktop winding through red rocks near Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park in NE Nevada is a real gem - it is only about an hour from the chaos of Las Vegas but it is rarely crowded. The red rocks are fantastic - they get fiery red at certain times of day. The park has some short hiking trails and roadside pullouts. I hit the park on a cool clear sunny day in October 2008. Wow - what a day!