When Is the Best Time
Valley of Fire State Park is a short 55 minutes drive from Las Vegas. It offers intriguing geographical formations and red and stunning colored rock formations. Every season offers different weather conditions.
The best time to visit Valley of Fire State Park is between October and April. During this period, the weather is pleasant without the scorching summer temperatures.
Please read the full weather guide below for each season, as well as our 5 must-know tips at the end of this article.
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Weather Details | Monthly Weather
The weather in the Valley of Fire is sometimes unpleasant hot and can be even scorching during the summer period. Fall, winter, and spring are different and usually more suitable for many visitors.
Check our monthly temperature chart and other weather details. The most reliable forecast for the next days is usually the one from NOAA: National Weather Service - Valley of Fire - Nevada | Forecast
Spring | March - April - May
Valley of Fire in March
The average maximum and minimum temperatures vary significantly during the month of Spring, climbing massively during the season. In March, the average maximum temperature is 22°C/71°F, whereas, for May, temperatures reach as high as 32°C/90°F on average. The average minimum also increases as the season progresses, with an average minimum of 3°C/37°F in March increasing to 10°C/50°F in May.
Rainfall amounts also decrease during the season, with an average of 9mm falling in March, decreasing to 2mm in May. The majority of the days are sunny, although rare overcast days are more common in March.
Summer | June - July - August
Valley of Fire in July
In the hottest season of the year, the average maximum reaches above 38°C/100°F for each of the three summer months. Although the average July maximum reaches as high as 41°C/105°F, scorching days can peak above 43°C/109°F. The average minimum temperature does not fall below 20°C/68°F in July and August.
June is the driest month of the entire year, whereas July and August are slightly wetter. Although the number of rain days remains rather low, an average of 3-4mm of precipitation falls in July and August due to the very rare occurrence of intensive downpours from thunderstorms. This season is also the sunniest, with each month rarely seeing an entirely overcast day.
Autumn | September - October - November
Valley of Fire in October
During this season, the average temperature drops dramatically. In September, the average maximum temperature is 36°C/96°F – this figure falls to around the 28°C/82°F mark in October, whereas the average November maximum is around 19°C/67°F. The average night-time minimum temperature also decreases drastically, from around 14°C/57°F in September to 2°C/36°F in November.
Each autumn month has an average precipitation of at least 6mm, peaking at 8mm in October. Most days are sunny – any rare overcast days are most likely in October.
Winter | December - January - February
Valley of Fire in January
This is the coolest and wettest period of the year. Both December and January reach an average maximum of 14°C/57°F, and February reaching an average maximum of 17°C/63°F. Nighttime lows often fall to around the 0°C/32°F mark, although night time temperatures can sometimes fall as low as -7°C/19°F in December and January.
Each winter month has an average precipitation of at least 14mm, peaking at 16mm in February; unlike in summer, precipitation mainly derives from light showers. Although sunny days are still common in winter, this season has the highest number of overcast days – with more than three on average for each month.
Below you'll find even more detailed monthly temperatures (swipe left and right within the table on mobile devices. On desktop drag the bar left and right):
|'Amazing weather, we did everything we planned'||'Bring plenty of water, even in the 'cooler' February'||'The weather wasn't too hot, perfect for hiking'||'Temps around 90°F, not really comfortable weather for hiking'||
'Even at 110 degrees it was bearable'
|'We experienced extreme heat'||'Perfect weather and temps for hiking'|
Valley of Fire State Park is open from sunrise to sunset. The visitor from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m.
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Where and Tips
5 Top Tips before Visiting
- Bring lots of water in the summer and try to arrive early, if your itinerary allows
- Use the ALLTRAILS app to find straightforward and easy hikes and trails
- Fuel gas at the station right off the interstate exit for Valley of Fire as it's a lot cheaper than in Las Vegas
- Stop at the visitor center and grab a map as well as additional useful and interesting information
- Plan at least 3-4 hours for your visit within the Valley of Fire State Park