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White Domes Trail

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Distance1.0mi
Elevation Gain525ft
Trailhead Elevation2,003ft
Top2,095ft
Elevation Min/Max1899/2095ft
Elevation Start/End2003/2003ft

White Domes Trail

White Domes Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Valley of Fire State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 2,003 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 525 feet. Near the trailhead there are a picnic site, parking, and restrooms. White Domes and the White Domes Slot Canyon attraction can be seen along the trail.

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Saint Michaels, MD
Pathfinder | 121 pts
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9/24/2010
"Easy' is in the eye of the beholder. The clockwise loop starts with a sandy climb followed by a steep descent by way of 12-inch stone steps, which are not easy for someone with knee issues. We found it easier to go counterclockwise, and end with a steep climb rather than starting with a steep descent. Unfortunately, the trail is less well marked in the reverse direction, especially where the trail enters the slot canyon. If you don't know to enter the slot, it is easy to be confused by the numerous social paths that climb into the rocks.

We enjoyed the hike, but it was more challenging than we expected from the "easy" rating.
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Henderson, NV
Pathfinder | 121 pts
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9/18/2010
It was a very hot day when I did this hike. That is the one thing I can recommend. Never go in the summer months. That being said it was a fairly easy to moderate hike with great views along the way. At the end of the trail at the picnic area (the hike is one short loop) you can climb the peaks. I climbed the north side of the East Peak to eat my lunch. It was a simple level 2 scramble to the area where it flattens out. You can sit along the edge of the mountain and just look out in the valley. Very peaceful and relaxing after a hot walk.
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Westwood, CA
Adventurer | 261 pts
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4/19/2009
we hike most of this trail had to turn back due to lack of time really wished we could have finished what we saw was way awesome
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San Diego, CA
Trailblazer | 1263 pts
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4/14/2009
I can't say enough good things about this trail. Short and sweet, but only if you stay on trail. And with so many rocks to climb, why would you stay on trail? This is an otherworldly place, Valley of Fire, and White Domes is a nice break from all the red sandstone, which is also spectacular. Good to see some whites and pinks and yellows here, though. If you start feeling a little dejas vous that might be because you watched too much Star Trek as a kid: this area served as the surface of some other planet for some episodes, and it's easy to see why. Valley of Fire is an underrated gem. It does get pretty crowded on weekends (when we arrived and couldn't find a place to pitch our tent until some kind souls offered to share theirs; soon, they were new hiking buddies), but we hit this trail mid-week and had it to ourselves. Don't rush through this trail--spend a good half day.
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West Sunbury, PA
Adventurer | 220 pts
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5/21/2008
Nice, easy hike to take your kids on or just to relax.
Very crowded trail. Plenty of hikes in the parks to get away from the families and one day hikers
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Diamond Valley, UT
Pathfinder | 170 pts
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3/4/2007
Review by Bill & Teresa Kettler

White Domes trail is a very easy walk the 1.25 mile loop trail is one of the most colorful trails I can remember, with hues of purple, orange, yellow, navajo sandstone, browns all resembling a colorful sherbert.

Sand dunes from ancient times solidified over time from their own weight in this area. Underground streams percolating through the sand caused minerals to oxidize in some areas which resulted in brilliant color contrasting with white domes.

A 10 foot wide slot canyon that the trail passes through was formed by the force of water cutting through the soft sandstone. Water can be several feet deep in these canyons during a thunderstorm. Sand that was deposited in layers as the wind changed direction caused the layers to change angles and cross over each other producing formations known as cross bedding — most evident when looking at the sides of large sandstone formations.
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White Domes Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"A day hike in Valley of Fire State Park featuring access to the primitive northern area of the park. Hike the loop clockwise starting at the south side of the parking lot. The rock formations just south of the trailhead are composed of the remains of ancient sand dunes, and the cross-bedded layers are clearly visible in the eroding rock. A little further on, you'll pass the remains of an old movie set. The dramatic rock formations in the park have been the setting for numerous movies."
Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett
"The White Domes area of the Valley of Fire looks like the landscape of another planet. On this hike, you and your dog will see rolling white sandstone outcrops, an old movie set, and a slot canyon. This short loop hike is a fun one for adults, kids, and dogs alike. While the hike is rather short, its diverse terrain makes it really enjoyable. Any dog should be able to hike this trail—even couch potato dogs! Under foot and paw: Soft sand, with some gravel and dirt."

Trail Information

Valley of Fire State Park
Nearby City
Valley of Fire State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Valley of Fire State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Valley of Fire West
Local Maps