So we let it fly into Nevada’s first state park—Valley Of Fire, named for the abundance of red rocks, of course. The $10 day use fee was well worth it.
We made three stops. The first was here.
One was at the very nice (and nicely air-conditioned) Visitor Center.
Our third stop was to climb this staircase to view the petroglyphs at Atlatl Rock. Petroglyphs are pictures pecked into the desert varnish, as compared to pictographs, which are painted on rocks.
Figure with atlatl,
We rode the 6-mile White Domes Road, nice and curvy. From this road we saw a variety of colors.
View of this road on the way back.
From Las Vegas we entered the State Park at the west entrance. We exited through the east entrance. At the gate below we connected to NV 169. We rode east and south through some more of the beautiful Mojave Desert.
Blue Point Spring. It’s amazing what a bit of water will do!
Across the road from the oasis we got our first of several glimpses of Lake Mead. We didn’t get close to the lake. From this point the road veered east away from the lake and through the desert.
We crossed lots of these large washes. When it rains, they fill up.
Red rock waiting to be revealed after the top layer erodes.
Lots of interesting rock formations.
NV 169 eventually connected us to I 15 where we caught this view of The Strip.
From there we connected with the Boulder Highway in Henderson, and finally made it back home. The Eagle was happy. We rode about 170 miles in 6 hours a nice scenic ride in spite of the strong wind and hot temperature.
Louise and Duane