Valley of Fire, NV
We spent four days hiking in the Valley of Fire. Since we had no Internet access while there, we’ll show some of our experiences in two blogs, this one and one more.
About two miles from the campground we turned north and drive past the visitor’s center. After going up a fairly steep grade the road began to wind through beautiful red sandstone for about two miles.
A few miles further up the road we parked and hiked a short distance to a swirling rock formation called Fire Wave. The pictures are sufficient to explain the name.
Returning to the Jeep, we drove about two miles to where the road ends to hike into an area known as White Dome. After a very short hike, you can climb on to a huge rock area with great views of the rock formations all around you.
Since it was lunch time, we climbed up a small rock to sit and enjoy lunch while watching groups of hikers below in the canyon.
As we enjoyed our meal, a bus load of “elderly” people on a tour came down the trail below us. Since it was a large group and they were moving slowly, we decided to wait a bit before continuing our hike through the White Domes. We decided to make our own trail and hiked up the rocks behind us for about a quarter mile. It was a good decision as we were treated to some fantastic views.
We hiked back to the trail and continued through the rock formations, spotting a number of arches and tunnels in the rock.
When Pam and Jessica visited the park the previous week, the ranger at the visitor’s center circled on a map a hike down a dirt road blocked from vehicle traffic. Pam couldn’t remember what was down at the end, but we decided to check it out. After a mile or so we came to a wash (dried creek bed) and hiked down it for a bit. We didn’t see anything that jogged her memory but we did see the interesting formation pictured below.
When we returned to the visitor’s center later in the week, we asked what was down that road. A ranger said that if you hiked down the wash a bit you would see a rock formation that looked like a duck!
If you get this far in this post you’ve probably had your fill of rock formations, so we’ll wrap up for now. Look for one more blog on the Valley of Fire . . .