The Best Day Hike You Can Take With Your Dog In Nevada

Fire Wave Trail
Valley of Fire State Park • Overton

The red sandstone formations here look as if they actually melted and cooled in place. An American Automobile Club representative traveling on a primitive road through the area in the 1920s gave the valley its name. In 1934 it was a no-brainer to make the Valley of Fire Nevada’s first state park. Seaman will have fun on the fine redsand and rock face trails across some 40,000 acres when the sun is not blazing overhead.

There are nine shortish trails leading into the desert rocks from the parking lots along the park’s White Domes Road scenic drive. The go-to hike is the Fire Wave Trail that travels around a red rock wall and onto undulating rock hills of reds and yellows and pinks. As you cross this rock color palette there is a suggested trail marked by cairns but really the entire desert landscape is open and beckoning to Seaman. The out-and-back adventure concludes after 1.2 miles at an ice cream shop of swirling scoop-like confections.

The nearby White Domes Loop Trail offers both contrasting colors to the red rocks and a dab of cinematic history. Star Trek fans will no doubt recognize these Fire Canyon rocks. Lee Marvin also led his crew of hard-edged adventurers here to rescue a kidnapped Claudia Cardinale in the 1966 western, The Professionals. Some stone ruins from the movie are still in the rocks. The one-mile circuit also travels through a short slot canyon.

HIKING TIME: 1-2 hours

(from the book 300 Day Hikes To Take With Your Dog Before He Tires You Out: Trails where you won’t be able to wipe the wag off your dog’s tail)


National Parks with Hiking

Grand Basin National Park
Dogs are not allowed on the trails, the buildings or the cave in this park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Dogs are allowed on the trails and throughout most of this park

Links to National Forests With Hiking

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

State Parks With Hiking


Nevada State Parks

 Beaver Dam State Park
 Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
 Cathedral Gorge State Park
 Cave Lake State Park
 Dayton State Park
 Echo Canyon State Park
 Fort Churchill State Historic Park
 Kershaw-Ryan State Park
 Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park
 South Fork State Recreation Area
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
 Spring Valley State Park
 Valley of Fire State Park
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
 Washoe Lake State Park
 Wild Horse State Recreation Area


Hiking With Your Dog Nevada