Two ranger-led hikes at Valley of Fire State Park in Overton are among the park’s October programs.

A ranger-led hike on the Arrowhead Trail Loop runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 14. The hike leaves from the park’s east entrance and will end up at Elephant Rock, an arch in the shape of an elephant. Along the way, hikers will learn about the geology and history of the area. Participants should bring a camera, appropriate footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses and water.

Another ranger-led hike, this one to the place where the Natural Arch rock formation used to be, runs from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Valley of Fire Wash (Clark’s Memorial). Natural Arch was a geological formation about 5 feet wide and 6 feet tall; it collapsed in 2010, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, probably when the rock broke along its weak points.  

Both hikes are free, but entrance to the park is $10 per vehicle; $8 Nevada residents.

Valley of Fire was dedicated in 1935 and is the state’s oldest and largest state park.

For details, contact Amber Heman, 702-397-2088 or

For more on the hikes and other Valley of Fire State Park programs, click here.

(Photo by Dietrich Bolck)