Being able to call Nevada home means that we get the luxury of having some of America’s most beautiful and historic state parks right in our backyard. Just over a 4-hour drive away from each other are two of our state’s most jaw-dropping parks that everyone needs to visit. If you’ve grown up here, then chances are you most likely have visited both the Valley of Fire and Lake Tahoe State Parks.
So the question is, if it came down to it, which one would you recommend to a visitor? Which one of these wonderful getaways would you call your favorite? Let’s see what they have to offer!
First up, we have the Valley of Fire State Park.
Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada's oldest
and largest state park. You can find this other-worldly slice of heaven in the Mojave Desert open year-round.
The park covers 35,000 acres and has jaw-dropping geological formations.
Pictured above, you can see the Elephant Rock, a popular formation for visitors to stop and see. You'll also find petrified wood and other natural wonders while you're exploring.
And there's nothing quite like taking a drive along the Valley of Fire Highway.
If you're having one of those moments where nothing but a scenic drive can solve all of your problems, then taking a trip through the Valley of Fire may be perfect for you!
Being in the oldest state park in Nevada means you'll find yourself fascinated by all of its history.
Built back in the 1930's for travelers, the historic cabins pictured above are a popular site to photograph. Nothing but stunning scenery, all throughout the park you'll find plenty of areas that have become favorite spots for newlyweds to take their wedding pictures. This area included.
There's nothing like visiting during spring while all of the plants are in bloom.
There's nothing like seeing pops of color and floral features throughout Valley of Fire during the spring.
Like most of our state parks, you'll fall in love with the trails.
From hiking to easy picnics, there's nothing like dedicating time to exploring this vibrant valley. While walking along the trails, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our unique wildlife!
Camping here is incredible, a truly once-in-a-life time experience.
Visitors from all over the country make the trip out to Valley of Fire to camp out and fully explore this amazing park.
Valley of Fire is a shutterbug's dream. You'll have a hard time believing that some of the pictures you take in this state park are even real.
From our fire waves to open blue skies, we'll send you home with a memory card full of unbelievable photos!
Next up, we have a state park that offers the complete opposite scenery.
The crystal clear water and greenery surrounding you at Lake Tahoe State Park is a
completely different setting than our Valley of Fire.
The trails you'll find at Lake Tahoe State Park are absolutely dreamy.
Here you'll find over 50-miles of hiking trails, bringing you through our own piece of paradise. One of the most popular trails to explore in this state park is the 4.4-mile long Flume Trail.
If you're into spending the day laid out on a huge sandy beach, then our popular Sand Harbor is the place for you.
55-acres of sandy beaches? Well, don't mind if we do!
As desirable as the desert can be, there's nothing like escaping away to the clear blue water of Lake Tahoe.
As many of us already know, 40 percent of Lake Tahoe is made up of precipitated water that falls directly onto the lake, creating a heavenly body of water that's more clear than you could ever imagine!
Another reason to love this park? Spooner Lake Backcountry.
Offering you something the Valley of Fire can't, at Spooner Lake you'll be able to enjoy a day of catch and release fishing!
So, what's your final verdict? Valley of Fire State Park or Lake Tahoe State Park?
Do you prefer to be in the valley exploring our historical and natural formations? Or is getting a view of the water more appealing to you?