The Towering White Domes of Southern Nevada’s Valley of Fire

Sun illuminates White Dome s in southern Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park

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.

Rocks near Visitor's Center at Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas.

Peggy discovered these rocks having a bad hair day at the Visitors’ Center. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Rock sculpture near Visitor's Center at Valley of Fire State Park.

And I snapped a photo of this rock sculpture.

Rainbow Vista in Valley of Fire State Park.

There is a reason why this area is named Rainbow Vista. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Rainbow Vista at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada with mountains providing contrast.

Again, with mountains adding color to the ‘rainbow view.’

Sandstone mountain along road to White Dunes in Valley of Fire State Park.

The road to the White Domes included this impressive mountain of sandstone.

White Domes at Valley of Fire State Park in Southern Nevada.

Our first view of the White Domes. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Squirrel at White Domes in Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

 

Side of White Domes in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

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.)

Photo of side of White Domes at Valley of Fire State Park.

My shot up the side of the White Dome.

Stone sculpture at White Domes in Valley of Fire State Park.

Several other stone sculptures are found near the White Domes.

White Domes at Valley of State Park in Nevada.

Another of the White Domes.

A trail leads around the White Domes. At this point, it drops into a small canyon.

Rocks along trail leading around White Domes at Valley of Fire State Park in southern Nevada.

A view of the rocks leading down into the small canyon. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Photo of White Domes at Valley of Fire State Park by Curtis Mekemson.

I’ll conclude with this shot I took of the main White Domes sculpture.

18 comments on “The Towering White Domes of Southern Nevada’s Valley of Fire

  1. 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.
    Alison

    • 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

  2. 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?
    Peta

    • 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

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