Silica Dome is an awesome Sandstone Peak in the Valley of Fire
This short hike can give one some of the most excellent views within the park.
The park is located about 55 miles NE from Las Vegas. Traveling NE on Interstate 15 from Las Vegas, take Nevada Route 169 at Crystal south to the park. Traveling southwest on I-15 turn south on Route 169 (Exit 93) near Glendale, and travel southeast 15 miles to the park.
Once you arrive at the visitor center, turn into the visitor center and then take a left onto Mouse's Tank Road. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Rainbow Vista Road up to the parking area. Silica Dome is about 1/2 mile in front of you.
The easiest route is to drive up Mouse's Tank Road to Rainbow Vista Road from the visitor center and then do the short hike to the top. Another way would be to hike from Rainbow Vista down through Fire Canyon and then scramble over to Silica Dome.
The most challenging and fun way is to park at the visitor center and then hike/scramble/boulder your way North for a few miles until you reach Silica Dome. This will test your route finding skills as well as your scrambling skills. If you do this route be sure to have plenty of water and take your time scrambling as some of the sandstone is very brittle. Great scenery can be enjoyed on this route.
Red Tape Red Tape Link to Red Tape on the Valley of Fire Page
Camping Camping Link to Camping on the Valley of Fire Page
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