In Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, Mouse's Tank trail leads to prehistoric petroglyphs in a desert canyon.
Named for a renegade who hid here in the 1890s, Mouse's Tank is a natural rock basin which holds life-sustaining water for months in the arid desert. In Valley of Fire State Park, walk here for a half-mile round trip on the Petroglyph Canyon Trail. Valley of Fire State Park, dedicated in 1935, is the oldest state park in Nevada. Starting more than 150 million years ago, great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs were compressed, uplifting, faulted, and eroded to form the park's fiery red sandstone formations. The park also boasts fascinating patterns in limestone, shale, and conglomerate rock. The park adjoins Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence, at an elevation of 2000 to 2600 feet (610-790 m), 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas, USA. Park entry from Interstate 15 passes through the Moapa Indian Reservation.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download