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A good introduction to desert hiking, this easy-going, 1.1-mile loop in Valley of Fire State Park winds through a slot canyon and passes colorful sandstone formations. From the trailhead, follow the well-marked trail south between massive rocks and descend a set of sand-covered steps to the bottom of a wash.
After 0.3 mile, pass the old movie set for The Professionals and bear right into a wash bordered by The Narrows, a short slot canyon with towering rock walls. Squeeze through the slot, then turn right at the marked trail junction on the other side. Head north for 0.4 mile (past more rock formations and seasonal wildflowers) to the park road and turn right for the 0.1-mile stretch back to the trailhead.
Info: Valley of Fire State Park
-Mapped by Chelise Simmons
- Distance: 1.7
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Hike south on the sandy trail that leaves from the parking lot. Ahead, descend rock steps to the bottom of the canyon.
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At the abandoned movie set, descend into the wash and veer west.
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Maneuver through “The Narrows,” a slot canyon. Past the canyon, turn right at the trail sign, heading north on packed sand trail.
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Stop for views of seasonal wildflowers that bloom below the rock formations. Continue north.
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At mile 0.8, the trail winds northeast toward the road.
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The trail meets the road at mile 0.9, turn right and head south back to the trailhead.
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Rock formation at the trailhead
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View near the trailhead
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The trail passes a movie set used in The Professionals.
View of Slot Canyon
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