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Little Finland, Nevada is a breathtaking land of rocky “fins”

While Las Vegas is undoubtedly the sun of Nevada and the destination most associated with the Silver State, Nevada is full of many other sights that are literally out of this world. One of them is Little Finland, an incredible geographical wonder that is so surreal and eerie that no words can do it justice. When he issued the proclamation establishing the area as a protected area, the wordy President Obama described the area where Devil’s Throat is located as “a landscape of contrast and transition, where red sandstone dramatically chiseled, winding canyons and tree-clad mountains punctuate the flat expanses of the Mojave Desert.


The area has such a spectacular display of rock art, made even more pronounced by the brightly colored sandstone that serves as the canvas for one of nature’s most extraordinary works. Here’s what to know about this stunning land of rocky fins.

Here’s what to know about Nevada’s Little Finland

Unlike “Little Havanna”, a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, which is so called because it was once home to large numbers of Cuban exiles – or Manhattan’s Little Italy – Little Finland has absolutely no connection with Finland, the Nordic country at the northern tip of the globe. Instead, the name Little Finland relates to the odd-looking whimsical rocks in the area, which resemble the fins of certain species of fish. But as a mark of this region’s remarkable uniqueness, it has no lasting official name.

At various times, Little Finland is also referred to as “Hobgoblin’s Playground”. It’s certainly in reference to the mischievous goblins often depicted in folklore as surprisingly grotesque. At other times the place is referred to as “Devil’s Fire”, which is perhaps even more apt, considering not only the bright and vivid coloring of the sandstone rocks, but also their strange swirling and pivoting like a spiraling flame of fire. . When it comes to “Devil,” well, the whole expanse of land might seem a bit scary.

While the Silver State is home to a number of stunning rock formations, those who have been to Little Finland will give it the crown. The rocks – and the area they are in – are nothing short of surreal. The only other place Little Finland can be compared to is the Valley of Fire, about 30 kilometers away, only that Little Finland is more rugged, hilly and irregular. The “Pointing Rock”, for example, almost looks like an alligator raising its scaly, pointed head to spy on its immediate surroundings. The only difference is that while the alligators are dark gray, these rocks have a fiery orange hue.

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This Is How Nevada’s Little Finland Was Formed

How nature has shaped and sculpted these fiery rocks will be of interest to anyone visiting Little Finland. Although the stories vary in depth and detail, the basic scheme is the same. The popular theory is that these whimsical rocks were formed during the Jurassic period. It was between 150 and 200 million years ago. The sandstone rocks that were in this area were then supposed to be covered with bands and bands of sand dunes. Over time, the combination of sandstone rocks, overlying sand dunes, and groundwater would cause a slow but steady process of solidification that resulted in the formation of rocks that were now uplifted and uplifted.

Since these rocks were not uniformly solidified, the subsequent effect of the elements: high winds and flash floods, would erode the rock formations unevenly. As a result, this has resulted in the distinctive ruggedness that Little Finland is known for. The presidential proclamation that set aside the Gold Butte National Monument – in which Little Finland sits – described it as “the product of millions of years of heat and pressure as well as the erosive forces of the water and wind”.

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Little Finland: what you need to know before visiting

Unlike many attractions which are usually crowded, Little Finland sees few visitors. Therefore, for those who like to have a place to themselves, Little Finland will be a nice place. It is accessible from I-15 via exit 112 towards Riverside Town. In Riverside Town, take Riverside Road before turning onto Gold Butte Road just after a conspicuous bridge over the Virgin River. From Gold Butte Road, turn onto Mud Wash Road at an intersection that many people tend to miss. Drive on Mud Wash Road for about 3 miles before turning right on Little Finland Road, where a drive of about a mile will reveal the spectacular rock formations.

  • How far is Little Finland from Las Vegas? Little Finland is 170 km from Sin City.

And when you travel to Little Finland, it’s crucial to remember that it’s in the Mojave Desert. Therefore, some snacks and water will be needed. Finally, a vehicle, probably an SUV, with sufficient ground clearance is recommended. And a puncture or two along the way shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Reaching Little Finland is difficult. But in the end, the views will more than make up for it.