The Beehives Rock in Valley of Fire State Park

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
We took a road trip to the Valley of Fire State Park at the end of my husband's conference trip to Las Vegas. If you have a car it's an easy 1-hr drive on the I-15 (exiting at junction 75) then driving on the scenic Valley of Fire Road until you hit the parks West Entrance. There's a $10.00 fee each car and you get a guide map included. Just shorty after entering at the West Gate you will see a sign for the Scenic Loop Road that goes off to the left. This is a 2 miles long route which for about a mile is just a gravel track. Perfectly okay in any type of car as long as you stay on the track.

Well worth taking a road trip  as there are some nice colours and different formations of rocks to see like: the 'Human Head and Arch Shape Rocks'  and also road tripping to 'Valley of Fire' is always fun.

Close by is the Beehives Rock.

The Beehives are sandstone formations that not only demonstrate the unique design that can be created by nature, but is an excellent representation of geologic cross bedding.  Those are the grooved lines going in different directions.

The layers or beds represent different layers of silt that are deposited at different times.  The beds indicate the angle of the wind or water was moving at the time the material was deposited.

We spent several hours in the Park just driving between and photographing this stunning natural wonder. If we had more time then we would have loved to go on a hike to some of the many trails in the park. But we can always come back another time. We visited in May and the weather was nice however in the Summer months I can imagine the heat is intense, so if you can visit in the Autumn/Winter months it may be best.


Look how small we are in this huge rock -- pretty amazing!


One final point to note is that other than in the Visitor Center I didn't see any places to buy refreshments, so I suggest you go well prepared with your own snacks and water.

20 comments:

  1. These look pretty cool. I go to Vegas a lot but rarely venture outside the Strip or downtown areas.

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  2. Oh my goodness, those are so amazing! We love exploring some of the amazing natural wonders out there. SO crazy to see them in person versus in a book!

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  3. It is amazing what kind of cool finds you can find in nature! I'm sure my kids would consider this their own nature playground.

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  4. This is so neat to look at. I would love to check these out. My kids would love to explore this area.

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  5. I never realize that these rocks existed!! They look fabulous! Its amazing what Mother Nature can create!

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  6. What a neat park! Sounds like a really cool place to visit. I heard Nevada is quite hot in the summertime!

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  7. Wow! I have never been there! My husband would love this place for sure. I'll make sure to bring him there one day.

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  8. These sandstone formations are stunning. I am amazed to hear how they were formed. I would love to visit someday.

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  9. What a beautiful sight. I love places like this, nature is really amazing.

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  10. This is such a gorgeous post. I love searching for amazing parks like this. We are headed to Vegas this weekend, we might need to check this out for sure

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  11. Victoria HeckstallAugust 3, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    What an amazing experience! I would love to visit this place with my friends.

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  12. What a cool rock! I love seeing the history of the world on rock. It makes you feel so insignificant.

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  13. I've never been here before! It looks so stunning, the rock formations are definitely interesting and it would be nice to show this to the kids! It's a must see!

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  14. That is so cool looking. I haven't heard of this cool spot to visit. My parents always took us on vacation to popular spots each summer. I wish that I could have continued this with my kids but things didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. Such is life. :(

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  15. Those are so cool! I'm definitely going to have to check them out the next time we're over that way!

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  16. Those rock formations are amazing! I hope we get the chance to visit that part of the U.S. someday. :) Great photos, btw.

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  17. What a great rock formation!! I have been to Vegas once but we flew so we didn't get to explore the surrounding area.

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  18. Wow!!! That is a spectacular view!!! I definitely need to share this to hubby and hopefully we can go there someday and explore with our growing family.

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  19. I've only heard of the Beehive's Rock but haven't had the chance to see it in person yet. Would be cool though!

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  20. Next time we go to Vegas we so gotta check this place out! Been to Red Rock Canyon and The Grand Canyon but never heard of this park!

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