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Rainbow Vista to Fire Canyon Overlook, NV

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Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,130 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
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Author Steph_and_Blake
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Routes 63
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Trips 184 map ( 820 miles )
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Location Grand Junction, CO
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  4:39am - 6:50pm
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This is an easy hike with soaring expanses of red slickrock that leads to an overlook of Fire Canyon. According to the sign at the trailhead..."You are looking across 150 million years of time. The great maze of canyons, domes, towers, ridges, and valleys before you are carved from sand deposited during the time when dinosaurs walked the earth. This is wild, virtually untouched wilderness. It is an “Adventure in Color” for you to experience by car and on foot."

Starting from the Rainbow Vista parking area, head east over the sandy desert into the sandstone formations. To get to the Fire Canyon overlook, take the trail that leads northeast. To be clear, there are many social trails that have been formed so keep your eye out for concrete pillars (about knee-high). You'll shortly find yourself in a corridor of sorts that gradually descends to an abrupt overlook. Along the way you can see where enormous chunks of rock have calved from the sandstone walls. Brittlebush, Mormon tea, globe mallow and other plants contrast nicely against the sandstone walls and would be especially pretty when in bloom. Looking down into Fire Canyon you'll see even more green vegetation as this is where rainwater naturally collects. Be careful with small children at the overlook as it is a long drop to the canyon floor. Retrace your steps back to your vehicle.

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    Permit $$
    Permits are purchased upon entry to individual parks at a standard entrance fee of $7 to $12 per day with a $2.00 discount to Nevada residents. more info

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Las Vegas, NV, take I-15 northeast to Valley of Fire Highway. Turn right, drive 18 miles, then turn left onto White Domes Road. Drive to the Rainbow Vista parking area, on your right.
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