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Fire Wave, Valley of Fire

Pictures of the Fire Wave of Nevada appear on the covers of Nevada Tourism brochures and on many photography websites. However, there is almost no information about how to get there. The Fire Wave is a beautiful layered sandstone formation rivaling the famous Wave in Arizona. The trail is well marked so you won’t get lost.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1.2 miles total – easy
Elevation gain: <100 feet - easy Terrain: Loose sand and then slickrock - easy Exposure: None - easy To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

The Fire Wave is located in the Valley of Fire State Park, in south-eastern Nevada, accessed from Interstate I15.

If coming from the north take exit 93 and travel south east on the N Moapa Valley Boulevard, route 169, through Overton, Nevada, 20.0 miles to the Valley of Fire Highway. The eastern park entry is 2.0 miles along this road to the pay station. You need cash or a check to pay for the $10 one day entry permit.

If coming from the south take exit 75 onto the Valley of Fire Highway and travel 14.5 miles east to the west park entry station.

The Fire Wave Trailhead is 4.3 miles north of the park Visitor Center. Park at parking lot #3 and the trailhead is directly across the road.

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Fire Wave

The Trail

There is a sign at the trailhead across from the parking lot. Follow the sand track downhill to the base of a large rock monolith. The trail then follows the base of this monolith south past the end and then eventually onto the slickrock leading to the wave. The route is marked by brown and yellow posts until you reach the slickrock. From there you turn right and follow the rock cairns up the slickrock slope until you reach the wave.

These are some of the pictures that we took.