I caught the sun hanging over one of the White Domes in the Valley of Fire.
Today I will continue my exploration of the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas in southern Nevada. There are three primary roads in the park. My last post followed the main road. Today I am going to focus on the route into the area known as the White Domes. The road begins at the Visitors’ Center, which is well worth a stop, and climbs up through colorful rocks known for their ‘rainbow’ colors. It ends at the towering White Domes. I’ll let our photographs ‘do the talking’ today.
Peggy discovered these rocks having a bad hair day at the Visitors’ Center. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
And I snapped a photo of this rock sculpture.
There is a reason why this area is named Rainbow Vista. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
Again, with mountains adding color to the ‘rainbow view.’
The road to the White Domes included this impressive mountain of sandstone.
Our first view of the White Domes. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
I found this squirrel at the White Domes. We were eating lunch and he thought he should be invited.
Peggy found this lizard that was more interested in eating bugs.
I like this photo because it provides a perspective on the height of the Domes. Note the person on the right. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
My shot up the side of the White Dome.
Several other stone sculptures are found near the White Domes.
Another of the White Domes.
A trail leads around the White Domes. At this point, it drops into a small canyon.
A view of the rocks leading down into the small canyon. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)
I’ll conclude with this shot I took of the main White Domes sculpture.
18 thoughts on “The Towering White Domes of Southern Nevada’s Valley of Fire”
Great photos. The fifth one down could be a scene from Australia’s outback.
The two areas have a lot in common, I’m sure, Peggy. Thanks. –Curt
Terrific photos Curt. Impressive.
Great photos as usual Curt, and amazing landscape.
I’m trying to catch up on your blog after being in Guatemala and Cuba. There’s no way I’ll be able to read it all, but I’m really interested in reading the story of the first Sierra Trek. I can’t seem to find the first installment, and then there seems to be two part threes, or I’m just completely confused. Do you think you could give me some direct links so I can read the whole story which sounds like a Curt Tale of the First Order! Thanks.
Sorry, Alison. And thanks. I went back and confused myself. 😦 I am going to have to clean that up. Wonder what I was smoking? Anyway here are the links in the appropriate order:
Thanks so much! Looking forward to some fun reading!
Wow, amazing landscape! Excellent photos, Curt!
Thanks, Kelly. BTW, pretty amazing snowfall at Lake Tahoe. Reminds me of the early 80s. –Curt
Fascinating that squirrels eke out a living out here. No wonder he invited himself to lunch!
Squirrels are survivors! 🙂 A few minutes of watching them try to get at the bird seed I put out would convince anyone, Suan. There are a number of plants and animals that have adapted to living in the desert. Each one is unique. The Kangaroo Rat, for example, gets all of its water from seeds. –Curt
Oh yes we can imagine. We watched a documentary on Saharan fauna. One interesting way was how the beetle would use its wings to collect condensate in the mornings!
Nature and evolution are pretty incredible! –Curt
Impressive. Thanks for the shot that gave us perspective on the size of the domes.
That they are, Timi. And you are right about the perspective. We can both thank Peggy for that one. –Curt
Magnificent landscapes and photos! I love the textured shapes and colors against the bright blue sky. The baid hair day and rock sculptures are terrific. I thought squirrels had long bushy tails?
Thanks, Peta. As for squirrels, they come in many sizes and shapes. People often assume that small, squirrel-like animals are chipmunks, but there are several ground squirrels with similar characteristics. –Curt
You didn’t say if you saw any faces in those white domes. But I guess you could if you looked long and hard.
Always, Rusha. 🙂