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Probably the best-known sandstone formations at Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park are the ones that people have nicknamed beehives. Here’s an example from our visit on October 24, 2016. Notice how one set of compact rock layers slices across many thicker layers.

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January 4, 2017 at 4:45 AM

A great place you probably never heard of

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Not until researching our impending trip to the Southwest did I learn about Valley of Fire State Park, which is an hour’s drive northeast of Las Vegas in Nevada. The “Fire” in the name refers to the orange sandstone that characterizes large parts of the area, rather than to the high temperatures in the desert for much of the year. We experienced the color but not the heat: when we spent an afternoon there on October 24th the temperature was pleasant, in part because of overcast skies that led to occasional drizzle and for a while downright rain.

Have you ever seen such orange sand?

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November 24, 2016 at 4:56 AM

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