Before Valley of Fire State Park became Nevada's first state park, indigenous Indians used the area for ceremonial purposes, leaving pictograph's featuring the Atlatl, or throwing spear on the rock walls. The Atlatl pre-dates the bow and arrow and is more against big game animals. The spears can often reach up to six feet long.
The Annual World Atlatl Competition at Atlatl Rock is held within the park each march. The event attracts participants from across the globe. Plaques are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the women’s, men’s, and children’s divisions. There are also atlatls available for those who do not own an atlatl, but still wish to participate in the competition.
WHERE: Meet at Atlatl Rock picnic area. Valley of Fire State Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15, Exit 75, and 20 miles southwest of Moapa Valley via Highway 169, Valley of Fire Road. COST: All events are free of cost; however, there is an entrance fee into the park of $10 per vehicle. Nevada residents receive a $2 discount.
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The Nevada Division of State Parks plans, develops and maintains a system of parks and recreation areas for the use and enjoyment of more than 3.3 million visitors a year. The division was established in 1963 by the Nevada Legislature to form a new state park agency within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The division manages and maintains 23 parks, historic sites and recreation areas in Nevada.
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