than anything else the Valley of Fire has unique and
interesting rock formations, natures sculptures in stone. Wind
and water, and freeze-thaw
cycles erode the soft Navajo sandstone into random, ephemeral
shapes. The rock shapes are ultimately unsustainable. Eventually
the arches, bridges and other shapes fall down or are
transformed into grains of sand or other shapes.
Everywhere one goes in the Valley of Fire the sandstone is
sculpted into shapes that are interesting and intriguing. The
formations that are pictured here are just a few of the thousand
of shapes that the actions of erosion have created over millions
Often the form that these shapes take remind you of something
else. The shapes are so random and different that they seem like
a type of Rorschach test.
Some people see bridges, some see arches. Sometimes most people
agree on what a formation looks like such as at places like the
The Valley of Fire does not seem to have an iconic shape,
formation or vista that distinguishes it from all the other red sandstone
parks in the region such as the Arches National Park in Utah.
the Valley of Fire has are thousands of arches, small bridges
and natural Rorschach tests. Some of these forms seem to like
like something they are not. The shadows and wind carved rocks
conspire to make shapes that remind us of something or what we
think something should look like.
If the light and shadows are not right you might miss these
shapes. Other Rorschach tests are man made. These would be the
shapes and images carved and pecked onto the rocks in places
like Atl Atl Rock or Petroglyph
Canyon. What the rock formations and shapes, as well as
the man made images on the rocks are is open to interpretation.
What is not open to interpretation is that these things will all
change and eventually disappear. While the red and yellow
sandstones in the Valley of Fire are representations of the
distant past the also represent change that is constant in