Leaving Las Vegas
Ever wonder what the Mars Pathfinder feels like? Put yourself in another world at Valley of Fire, Nevada's first state park. The oddly shaped sandstone palisades, outcrops and canyons are painted in hues ranging from flaming orange to deep crimson, depending on the time of day. In 300 BC, the Basket Maker people roamed these parts, followed later by the Anasazi Pueblo farmers who left their petroglyphs on the rock walls.
Directions: From Vegas, take I-15 north about 55 miles to Highway 169 and turn right. From there it's 14 miles to the park entrance. There is a $4 fee.
White Domes Trail
Length: 7 miles
From the park entrance, drive .2 miles and turn left, following signs for a mile to the Mouse's Tank parking area. Park a half-mile north at the road's end, where the trail begins. A few hundred yards from the trailhead, take the White Domes Trail on the left, following an old road that was once a scenic drive. Notice the Mormon Mountains rise to the north into the desert sky. After about three more miles, the trail ends near the White Domes, sandstone mounds from which the red iron oxide has been leached by water. Enjoy the view and return the way you came.
Information: Call Valley of Fire State Park at (702) 397-2088
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication