We LOVE going to Las Vegas. But, Kat, you ask…”you don’t gamble, drink, or party.” Yes, but did you know there are TONS of awesome adventures to be had in and around Las Vegas. Love Hikes was my favorite off the strip adventure. If you don’t have a bucket list or even if you do…it’s time to check off Love Hikes! In today’s post I’ll tell you all about Love Hikes and how to get ready to hike the Valley of Fire!The great thing about Las Vegas is that hotels subsidize the cost of flight + room if you buy them together. You get way more than you would for the price elsewhere. Las Vegas is a great central location for an adventurer. There are around 22 National and State Parks within driving distance! So even if you don’t like to gamble, party, or drink…you can still have the trip of a lifetime.
What I Wore Hiking In The Valley Of Fire
So here I am ready to go! Big breathable light colored hat, big polarized sunglasses, a super flowy cotton white long sleeve top…and jeans. Why a long sleeve top? To cover up from the sun, duh. You still need pounds of sunblock, but I still want to cover up my arms a little from the sun and heat. The white reflects a little and helps keep you cooler. Being flowy also helps to circulate air.
But why jeans?! Well…they were not skinny jeans, just flared. They had some give and stretch for movement. As far as the heat, a non issue. I’m from Miami…I’m in jeans in 99 degree heat ALL THE TIME. It keeps my legs from burning. I also enjoyed when I was scratching up on the rock trying to climbs how they keeped me from getting cuts and scratches. The only place I did were my decorative distressed holes…not the best idea. Our wonderful guide, Dan, wasn’t too sure about the jeans. But I had plenty of movement and never became overheated. In fact, they kept me cool. Way cooler than if I was insane and wore shorts allowing my exposed flesh to burn. (no offense Dan)
A Brief History Of The Valley Of Fire
We can thank Hollywood for our nicely paved road up to our hiking location. They wanted to use it for a movie set and ending up building the road. Here is hubster next to what’s left of the old set. Now, look at this guy! That’s a big old real cowboy hat, polarized sunnies, backpack, golf shirt, and sunblock SLEEVES.
Hiking the Vally of Fire in Summer
Not only was the Valley of Fire beautiful, there was enough shade here and there for relief from the summer heat. Oh did I fail to mention that? Yes, we went in Summer. June with temperatures of 104. Oh it was glorious. Someone had died there from heat just a few days before.
I thought it would be too hot. I was freaking out and tried get out of it. But we were the only ones going that day, so I figured if we had to turn back it would be doable since it was only us two and the guide. Thankfully, it’s high enough up that you get a little breeze and it’s cooler than the strip. So I was totally fine. Yay!
How to Be Safe While Hiking at The Valley Of Fire
– Hire a guide
– Hire a REAL guide (no cell service for miles and it’s so hot your electronics will fry)
– Ladies don’t listen to your bf/husband/friend/cousin/etc who says they can find their way back. No they can’t. Hire a guide!
– Bring at LEAST a bottle of water PER PERSON, PER HOUR. And if you decided not to listen to me and hire a guide….you WILL be there at least 12 hours longer than you thought, so plan accordingly.
– Hiking shoes (they start at $99 for decent ones, but worth it)
– Small camera. My iphone kept over heating, but my mirrorless canon camera held up.
– Bring TONS of sunblock and reapply every hour
– Take some protein bars
– Polarized Sunglasses
– Big hat that’s not too hot to wear with a string for your neck so it won’t blow away in the wind.
As a reminder, people die there all the time. Stupid people who don’t bring enough supplies or think they can find their way back. Do be like them. Be smart.
Fun tip: our guide says everyone who does a day trip to the Grand Canyon thinks this is SOOOO much better. It’s just too far driving to the Grand Canyon and they pack too many people in a few areas. You’re better off spending the big bucks for a plane there or just making a solid few days just staying there.
How To Book Your Hike At The Valley of Fire with Love Hikes
Head to Love Hikes and choose your time and level of intensity. We choose a MODERATE hike. It was totally doable for me, someone who has no athletic ability and sits for 12 hours a day lol. I would only do the easier “friendly hike” if I was disabled or weakly elderly. Seriously, you can do this!