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The Valley of Fire

Chris Higgins
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Continuing my week of Las Vegas Wedding posts, let's take a look at the Valley of Fire, about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. A popular spot for TV commercials, it also played host to a wedding I attended. It's very scenic. Here's one of the red rocks that give the valley its name:

It's really hard to take a bad photo in the place. The valley is also the setting for an annual marathon, contains a number of petroglyphs, and has a bunch of these little guys (who we thought was a pika, but apparently he's an "antelope ground squirrel"):

Valley of Fire - Ground Squirrel
Valley of Fire - Ground Squirrel /

But the wedding party knew something else was familiar about the Valley of Fire. And of course, Wikipedia to the rescue, it's the setting for the part of Star Trek: Generations where Kirk battles Soran, with tragic results:

Star Trek Generations - Kirk and  Soran
Star Trek Generations - Kirk and Soran /

Read more about the Valley of Fire, if you dare.

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