Valley of Fire – Pt. 2

Valley of Fire, NV

When we arrived at Valley of Fire State Park, we stopped at the visitor center to ask about hiking trails.  A park ranger told us about a little used trail that split off from the park’s most popular trail through an area known as White Domes.  The Prospect Trail winds for five miles through a number of canyons.  It is not maintained by the park so it is a bit rough in some places.  The ranger told us there are a number of different colored rocks along the trail, which hooked the nimble hiker immediately.  So on our second day in the park we decided to explore a portion of this trail.

WARNING: If you are already tired of looking at rocks, now is a good time to go to ESPN.com!

The first part of the White Domes Trail

Looking down the trail into a wash

Slot canyon on the White Domes Trail

Turning left on to the Prospect Trail

At one point on the Prospect Trail we came upon a couple parts of a skeleton.  John put the two together to get a better look at this guy.

Lunch with a view

Valley of Fire isn’t a very large park.  You can visit most of the scenic areas and do most of the popular hikes in a day or two.  But its beauty is beyond description.  Only an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, it should be on everyone’s must see list!

Next up:  Bolder City, NV.  More on that later . . .

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27 Responses to Valley of Fire – Pt. 2

  1. Ingrid says:

    We lived in Las Vegas for 4 years back in the 90’s and only visited Valley of Fire a few times and never made it much past the roads – little kids in tow. Now I can’t wait to go back and explore it leisurely. I’m sure you got in some good workouts in all that sand 🙂

  2. pmbweaver says:

    Doesn’t walking through that sand give the old legs a good work out!

    Another gorgeous hike. I love the slot canyon, and the colors in the rock is absolutely awesome! I don’t think I would ever get tired of looking at those rocks.

  3. Oh come on…how could one get tired of rocks????? Neat skeleton find!

    • placestheygo says:

      That was mainly for our son, Lisa. He isn’t thrilled to see us back in the rocks. But my mother loves them. Can’t make everyone happy:) As a matter of fact, I sent him a photo as soon as we saw our first red rocks. His reply, Oh, goody!

      Did you notice that the nose was in tacked and there is still a little fur around it?! Very strange. It’s been there a while because it was bleached so white.

  4. Erin says:

    Colorful rocks — especially red ones — against brilliant skies … what’s not to like?

  5. Jodee Gravel says:

    Can’t believe that trail is “little-used” as it has such a variety to see (and even a slot canyon!). Love the pic of the nimble hiker in the rock hole 🙂 Great skeleton find – looks like the nose was buried out of the sun until recently – those teeth are very intimidating!

    • placestheygo says:

      I didn’t think about the nose being buried in the sand which could be a reason it was still in place. Good thinking, Jodee! Thanks!

      Actually the slot canyon is part of a very popular trail. The Prospect Trail goes off into a wash right after the slot. There are several areas of rock scrambling if you complete the whole 5.5 miles one way. I am assuming this is the reason it isn’t on there main map for visitors.

  6. colibabas says:

    This was one of our favourite parks. At the time we didn’t realize that there was anything to see in Nevada other than casinos. 😉
    Safe travels!

  7. LuAnn says:

    I could never tire of rocks, particularly red rocks and unusual formations. This is a place that has long been on our list. Given your beautiful photos, I may need to move it up the list a bit.

  8. Laurel says:

    I’m with the majority here — I never tire of the red rock country, so keep on posting those beautiful photos! Was that a javelina skull?

  9. Rick Doyle says:

    Another amazing hike with beautiful photos. I never tire of looking at red rocks!

    I’m already planning to plot our trip home this year and it’ll be going through Nevada! I sure won’t miss the Valley of Fire this time!

  10. Sherry says:

    It’s on my must see list for sure after looking at your gorgeous pictures. Never never too many beautiful red rocks, fabulous skies or great slot canyons. Your son may be outvoted. Bet you are glad you didn’t meat that guy with the teeth in person. Do I understand that this great hike was 11 miles round trip?

    • placestheygo says:

      Sherry, the Prospect Trail itself its 5.5 miles, so it would be about 11 out and back. You need to hike about 1/2 miles on the White Dome trail to get to the trail head. Only about three miles of the Prospect trail are really nice and in the canyon. The trail then goes out into open flat desert. Even the ranger recommended we only do what we wanted in the canyon. Then when you get back you have to finish the White Dome trail for 3/4 of a mile. We only did about a mile into the canyon because we also went up and out of the White Dome to have lunch and explore another area.

      This park is a gigantic slickrock bowl of colors. You can literally go where ever you want. Just park and head out to explore. There are lots of beautiful washes to investigate.

  11. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for the wonderful update … will come in very handy for our visit in November! Very excited for all the red rocks we can fit in! Hurrah!

    • placestheygo says:

      Lindsay, if you search our blog you can see our visits to Valley of Fire last time when we did the main hikes in the park. Every hike is gorgeous and creating your own is so much fun.

  12. Gay says:

    We did our first hike in Valley of Fire with Steve and Joan…what nice memories! I still remember the mouth-dropping beauty of the red rocks!

  13. David Bailey says:

    My wife andI walked this trail from Atlatl Rock through to White Domes, 8.9 miles.
    It begins as a reasonably level uninteresting trail and, after about a mile, the redrocks appear and the trail narrows. As the wash appears the coliurs become reds, whites, pinks, yellows and the pretty level trail becomes something of a rock hopping experience, carefully examining the best way down into the wash from the trail. The descents are only a few feet, six at most and not at all difficult. There is sand in the trail but it’s not enough to create a problem, just a few hundred yards of it, when we visited.
    Amazing colours and an amazing experience.
    One to re-do again, soon (and, by the way, we are both in our 60s and so if we find it easy…..).
    David Bailey. Milton Keynes UK

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