Like most things in life I saw this park on Facebook and thought it would be a great trip for my dad and I to explore the beautiful red rocks of the Valley of Fire. I have driven by the entrance several times unknowingly on the way to Mesquite and Southern Utah in the past. This time however, was a full deep dive into one of Nevada’s hidden gems. Just off the 15 N interstate on the way to Salt Lake City from Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire exposes it’s magnificent landscape for park attendees. Admission is $10 or $9 with a veterans discount and the park closes at sundown. I got out of the car several times to take short hikes around the natural wonders and snap photos. I was fascinated by the red sand that is extremely fine like the white sand found at Pebble Beach located in and around the rock formations. The park also boasts ancient hieroglyphs from long lost tribes of the southwest and many unique rock figurations including an arch that is quite simply cool. My dad and I made the trip in late March and it wasn’t hot at all. After several hours in the park we decided to stop for a bite to eat at a restaurant named The Inside Scoop. The food portions were most generous and the milkshake was killer. I highly recommend this day trip for locals and tourists looking to get away from the strip. You can find the Valley of Fire at 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040.
Wow, I can’t believe I have a new favorite Thai place in Las Vegas. Chuchote Thai Bistro and Desserts is the perfect blend of price and quality Thai food not far off the strip. The ice green tea drink was amazing and I ordered the yellow curry with chicken that was on Chuchote’s lunch special. There were about 10 options under $8 that came with rice, salad, and an egg roll. That to me is a killer lunch deal in Vegas and I had to doggy bag half of my meal. You can find Chuchote at 4105 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Foodie tip, check in on Yelp for a free dessert.