The Valley Of Fire
Located about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Valley of Fire State Park contains striking examples of Aztec Sandstone peering out of the desert’s sands.
The rock formations of the Valley of Fire formed in the shifting sandstones of prehistoric deserts 150 million years ago. Dated to the Jurassic period, these rocky outcroppings have born witness to the desert through all of human history. Petroglyphs created by the ancient Anasazi people can be found throughout the park, often consisting of carved and stained renderings of animals.
For 1,500 years, these indigenous people hunted and gathered food in the harsh Mojave. The dry environment likely meant that the Anasazi traveled through the area, instead of staying for long periods of time.
In 1933, the Federal government took interest in protecting the unique features of the Valley of Fire. In the midst of the Great Depression, Civilian Conservation Corps workers built trails, campgrounds and stone cabins in the park before handing it over to the Nevada State legislature.
Ripley’s recently headed out to the Valley of Fire to showcase the strange dance moves of Solto Esengulov, check the video below for a view of both the Mutant of Dance and the Valley of Fire.
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