The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.
Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs.
We drove to the trailhead for The Fire Wave and hiked the sandy and slick-rock trail to red and white formation. On our way back, we took a short side walk to some petroglyphs along the trail to Mouse's Tank.