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Kraft Mountain Loop Trail - Desert Hiking

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Kraft Mountain Loop Trail Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
Another perfect day for desert hiking! Today Ronnie and I hiked the 3.1 mile loop around Kraft Mountain. Although the parking lot was filling quickly, we managed to find parking at the Sandstone Road trailhead. We hiked counter-clockwise as the ascent is less gradual in that direction. There were many boulderers arriving and already many in the boulder area. Many hikers out with their dogs were enjoying the day as well. Enjoy some photos taken of our hike.





The start of our hike. We hiked counter-clockwise and started our hike (East) from the Sandstone Road trailhead. Left: Ronnie with the pink Kraft Mountain in the background. 
Entering the Kraft Boulders area

Entering the La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area

Along the trail
Beautiful formations
Along the trail
We came up the trail that leads to Turtlehead Peak



There were two, short, steep, sections that required rock scrambling (Class 2). For someone with two knees repla…

White Domes Trail - Desert Hiking

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Slot Canyon of White Domes Trail
Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada


The last hike Ronnie and I did at Valley Of Fire SP, was the White Domes trail. What a great trail this is. It's a 1.1 mile loop which is moderately trafficked and has many stunning views!! Like Mouse's Tank, the White Domes day use area has picnic tables and bathrooms. There are also several boulders for the kids to scramble upon.
Other Valley Of Fire SP hikes: Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank Rainbow Vista Trail




From the trailhead at the parking lot, cross over a crest and admire the terrain below! Beautiful sandstone formations line the trail down to the desert floor with the White Domes on your far left.












At the desert floor you'll reach an open area. This 'amphitheater' is surrounded by formations. Also in this open area are the "fake ruins" (right) of a 1965 production The Professionals. Valley Of Fire SP is a popular filming location for commercials, films, TV shows and photo sho…

Rainbow Vista Trail - Desert Hiking

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Pano taken from Rainbow Vista trailhead Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada


The second trail we hiked was the Rainbow Vista trail. Right off the bat (at the trailhead) you'll see rock formations of gorgeous colors! Past reviews have this trail as poorly marked, but I didn't find that so. 

Other Valley Of Fire hikes: 
Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank
White Domes




Looks like an elephant head on the right side of this photo


Can you see him?

Looking down the trail of the outcrop

Very windy at the top of the outcrop!
But you have to agree.....
......gorgeous views!

Dogs are allowed on the trail so long as
they are kept on leash no longer than 6 feet.

The end of Rainbow Vista Trail
Overlooking Fire Canyon

Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank - Desert Hiking

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Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada
Located just a little over an hour drive from Las Vegas, Ronnie and I did a day trip out to Valley Of Fire State Park in Overton, NV. Before hiking Mouse's Tank, Rainbow Vista and White Domes trails, we stopped at the Visitor Center/Rangers Station in hopes of purchasing a color Trail Map of the park. Unfortunately, they had run out of those but were handing out an 8x10" copies of printed maps. Being the weekend and great weather, the park was packed! Enjoy some photos of our first day hike at the Valley Of Fire State Park - the Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank.


Balancing Rock The trail (more of a walk) to Balancing Rock is heavily trafficked out and back. It starts at the Visitor Center. This photo was taken from our car as we rode past it.










Petroglyph Canyon Trail to Mouse's Tank The Petroglyph Canyon Trail begins off White Domes Road, and is also called Mouse’s Tank Road. It's about a…