Waves of Fire

Fire Wave Trail
(1.5 miles, +200/-200 feet).

Today we hiked one of the most colorful trails I have ever seen.  The trail is in Valley of Fire State Park, a really under appreciated area that I had never heard of until we happened to stop there on a trip a few years ago.  I think most people are either in a hurry to get to Zion and the parks in Utah or they are in a hurry to get to the Strip in Las Vegas, so this park does not get nearly the love it deserves.

There are many gorgeous trails in the park, but I think the Fire Wave Trail is probably the most beautiful of them all.

We started our hike (illegally) before sunrise, which I recommend heartily for this highly exposed desert hike.

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Sorry, folks.  Park’s closed!

The trail starts near a huge outcrop of Navajo sandstone and gradually winds its way around it.

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Look at that!

Pretty soon we started seeing the formations with alternating pink and white stripes that make this trail so appealing.

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First formation

The trail eventually leaves the sand and cuts across slick rock, with rocky cairns to guide the way.

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Rocky cairn

The scene quickly get extremely colorful, with large white and red cliffs in the distance, and the striped rocks right underfoot.

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ZoZoZoom snaps a shot
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This is amazing!

If that weren’t enough, towards the end of this very short trail, the erosion of the striped rock creates massive curves that look like waves.

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Wavy rocks
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Sticks of fire
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More wavy rocks
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Wavy selfie
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The most interesting rock of them all

We hung out for a bit enjoying the sunrise and the changing light before heading back.

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Shadows below the cliffs
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Just one more photo, please!

 

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