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Silica Dome

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 4.5 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a great way to make experiencing Silica Dome into a scenic day run.


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Map Key

6.8

Miles

11.0

KM

92%

Runnable

2,269' 692 m

High

1,879' 573 m

Low

782' 238 m

Up

782' 238 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Valley of Fire is open sunrise to sunset. You need to be in or near your vehicle by sunset. An entrance fee of $8 for Nevada residents or $10 for non-residents is required.

Overview

While Silica Dome is normally just a short run from its parking area, accessing the geologic feature this way allows you to make a half-day adventure out of it. Along this route, you'll experience rugged, towering sandstone and the famous Mouse's Tank as an appetizer to the main course: Silica Dome.

Need to Know

This run utilizes parts of both established trails and unmaintained canyon washes through Valley of Fire State Park. As such, it's a good idea to bring the Trail Run Project mobile app with you to make sure you take the correct turns and stay on course.

Expect to have to scramble and squeeze through some relatively tight spots along this route.

This run is best done in the cooler months of the year, as the temperatures can be searing during the heat of the summer.

Description

Starting from the Mouse's Tank Trail Parking Area, follow the trail as it meanders along a sandy bottom amidst bulges of large, overhanging red sandstone. Follow the trail to Mouse's Tank and enjoy this natural wonder.

Once you're ready to continue, follow the route down into Fire Canyon Wash until you're roughly 1.7 miles from the trailhead (as mapped). At this point, the wash will continue to the right, but you're going to want to head left (north). From here, the wash climbs through rockier and more narrow terrain to eventually reach the parking lot for Fire Canyon Overlook at 2.78 miles (as mapped).

Once you've caught your breath, meander over to the road and follow the route right to reach Silica Dome and gorgeous, 360-degree panoramas of your surroundings. Once you've had your fill of the views and your trail snacks, you can either retrace your steps back to the car or follow Fire Canyon Road (AKA Rainbow Vista Road) to Mouse's Tank Road and the parking area for an easier return.

Flora & Fauna

There is not much in the way of flora. The area is very dry and barren with mostly rocks

Contacts

Shared By:

Mirek Wierzbicki with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  4.5 from 11 votes

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Fire Canyon Wash
Jan 24, 2018 near Moapa V…, NV
Sandy Fire Canyon Wash Trail
Jan 24, 2018 near Moapa V…, NV
Colorful sand stones
Jan 24, 2018 near Moapa V…, NV
The Mouse Tank -
Sep 9, 2017 near Moapa V…, NV
Bighorn sheep on the rocks
Feb 3, 2018 near Moapa V…, NV
This is the beginning of our adventure on Mouse's Tank Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Moapa V…, NV

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Dec 24, 2019
Meghan Ryan
Cool climbing! Wet rainy though 1.3mi
Oct 26, 2019
Bobbi Hapgood
Fabulous.... but somewhat hard to follow trail.