Valley of Fire State Park Announces Spring 2007 Events

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada(State Parks) OVERTON, Nev.–Valley of Fire State Park is announcing its spring schedule for 2007. Several interpretive hikes and the annual atlatl competition on March 31, 2007 are featured in the schedule.

“We welcome the public to our events and are particularly looking forward to the special Atlatl Contest on March 31 and several enjoyable interpretive hikes,” said Park Supervisor Jim Hammons.

Atlatls are ancient spear-throwing tools. Using an atlatl and darts, competitors are scored for accuracy and distance. Visitors are encouraged to learn how to use an atlatl, through various demonstrations and participate in the competition.

The Valley of Fire State Park schedule is listed below.

For information, please contact Jim Hammons, Valley of Fire park supervisor, at (702) 397-2088 or vof@mvdsl.com.

Saturday, March 10th 2007, 10:00 am
INTERPRETIVE HIKE: ROAM THE DOME 
This intermediate hike will amaze you with its slot canyon and remnants of an old movie set. Meet park rangers at the White Domes trailhead for the 1-1/4 mile hike through the northern part of the park. Not recommended for children under 7.

Saturday, March 17th 2007, 2:00pm
INTERPRETIVE TALK: BIGHORN SHEEP
Meet a Park Ranger at Atlatl Rock picnic area for a talk on the State Animal the Desert Bighorn Sheep. This will give you a chance to see actual desert bighorn sheep skulls, and learn how to age the animal.

Saturday, March 24th 2007, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm
INTERPRETIVE TALK: CAP’N DAVE’S DINOSAURS
Join a guest speaker to learn more about dinosaurs. You have seen the movies, find out what they didn’t know. Meet a Dinosaur expert at the Visitor Center to see fossils of dinosaurs.

Saturday, March 31st 2007, 10:00am
SPECIAL EVENT: ATLATL CONTEST
Learn how our primitive ancestors used to hunt at the World Atlatl Association Contest. Everyone (kids included) are welcome to compete in this contest. Bring your own equipment or use ours. Registration is at 10:00am with the contest beginning shortly after. Meet at Atlatl Picnic Area.

Saturday, April 7th 2007, 11:00 am
INTERPRETIVE TALK: SNAKES, SCORPIONS, AND GILA MONSTERS
Join Rangers and a local Herpetologist to learn about different types of Rattlesnakes, and Gila Monsters that could be found in the park. Live specimens will be present, so watch where you step. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s largest state park, dedicated in 1935. Striking red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert mark the park’s renowned beauty. Ancient trees and early humans are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs. Popular park activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Valley of Fire is located six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. It was voted as the “Best Park/Nature Area” and the “Best Scenic Drive” in Southern Nevada by the reader’s of Nevada Magazine.

The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 2.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 24 parks in Nevada.

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