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Bowl of Fire, NV

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,380 feet
Elevation Gain 95 feet
Accumulated Gain 152 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-2+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.81
Backpack TBD
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Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 63
Photos 2,548
Trips 184 map ( 820 miles )
Age 73 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred Nov, Mar, Feb, Jan
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  4:40am - 6:50pm
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For once you're encouraged to play with fire!
by Steph_and_Blake

Located in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness Area, the Bowl of Fire is a bright orange-red outcropping of sandstone encircled by gray limestone. The hike out to the Bowl is easy with small elevation gains/losses as you travel across washes. Once at the Bowl, explore to your heart's content.

Starting from the paved pullout at mile marker 18.2 on Northshore Road, follow the well-beaten path across the open desert to the north. (Note that there's also a trail that heads south, but we didn't have the time to see where it went.) The trail is cairned, but, really, there's no need for them. You'll wind your way around a hill and then get your first peek at the Bowl. After going around the hill you'll head northwest, continuing on the trail in and out of several washes. We saw tire tracks in the wash so we assumed you could drive to that point and shorten the hike. But why?

Eventually you leave the wash and start a gradual ascent near some chalky, green rock. From here the rock changes colors from gray to red, to brown, to conglomerate limestone. At this point you'll have a full view of the Fiery Bowl. Wander and climb wherever you feel the urge. Having a commitment later in the day, we only stayed for about a half hour. However, you could spend hours exploring the area, poking your head in the countless mini-caves, checking out the windows and arches, and just plain having fun! You could also make a loop out of the hike by traveling in a clockwise direction as the orange-red sandstone extends to the east.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Lake Mead NRA National Park
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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Boulder City, take Highway 93 northeast. Turn left onto Lakeshore Road. Turn right onto Northshore Road. At 18.2 miles you'll come to a paved pullover on the left (northwest) side of the road. Park here.
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