Nevada's Stunning Valley of Fire State Park is Featured in This Souvenir Fridge Magnet
Ecologically speaking, southern Nevada is a blasted wasteland of waterless deserts and blasted rock where life struggles to maintain itself. However, to the human eye this landscape is - perhaps paradoxically - incredibly beautiful. This is evidenced by places like the Valley of Fire State Park, the feature of this acrylic fridge magnet and the first state park ever created in Nevada (in 1935). The valley gets is name because of its richly colored red rocks which glow and taken on the appearance of being on fire during sunsets. The Park owes its existence to its neighbor: Lake Meade National Recreational Area. Lake Meade is an artificial lake (the largest in the United States) created by the construction of the famous Hoover Dam in 1935. The boating and swimming possibilities created by the lake (and the population of nearby Las Vegas) spurred the Park's creation and its continued popularity.
Other Places to See Spectacular Geology in Southern Nevada
While State Parks may not be common in Nevada, this is not because of a lack of beautiful landscapes, but instead because all the best places were snapped up to make national parks. Of course, the largest, most spectacular and most famous is Grand Canyon National Park, a world-renown gorge that cuts across the southern end of the state by the action of the mighty Colorado River. There are a number of other national parks in the area. Zion Canyon is a deep gorge with spectacular sheer rock faces while Bryce Canyon is made up of thousands of red rock spires called hoodoos. Arches National Park has delicate natural stone arches and Death Valley has spectacular dry landscapes just over the border in California.