Add Heading HereThis was my first trip to the Valley of Fire. It was worth every minute. The views reminded me of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The scrambling opportunities are endless.
The ScrambleThis was my 1st trip ever to the Valley of Fire. We had 6 people in our group. We drove from Las Vegas up I-15 Taking the Valley of Fire exit on HWY 169. Great views of the Muddy Mountains were enjoyed on the drive in. We were coming to do a scramble hike to Silica Dome. We arrived at the visitor center and parked.
We started hiking and scrambling north from the visitor center and the views were startling from the beginning. We scrambled over several class 3 and 4 sections. We continued on through many little canyons. The views were great with so many different rock formations. I saw one that looked like an owl, another like an eagle. I was lucky to see a little lizard as well. We came across a rock that resembled an elephant, though it was not the famous “Elephant Rock” that is well known in the park.
Everyone seemed to take different scrambles depending on their abilities. There were so many choices. It felt like being a little kid all over again. We came accross several lovely formations.
A hiker in my group looked up at this one rock and said "look at the owl, can you see it's eye?"
We passed Mouse’s Tank, one of the most visited attractions in the park. We continued on and could see Silica Dome finally show its face in the distance.
As we were getting close to Silica Dome we headed through a wash for a long ways and towards the end we went from hiking through Red Sandstone to White Sandstone. We started scrambling up over some of this and found it very brittle. We started trying different routes. The majority went through this boulder field