An easy hike to a spectacular overlook.


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Prepare to be dazzled by the Rainbow Vista Trail to Fire Canyon Overlook, a hike that takes you through a kaleidoscope of sandstone colors and shapes in Valley of Fire State Park.

This 1.1-mile out-and-back trail starts from a scenic viewpoint that offers a panoramic view of the rainbow-colored rocks that give this trail its name.

You will see shades of red, pink, yellow, white, and even purple on the surrounding cliffs and domes. The trail descends gradually through a sandy wash and passes by some interesting rock features, such as an arch and some alcoves.

You will also have a chance to spot some wildlife, such as lizards, chuckwallas, and bighorn sheep.

The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, but you should always stay on the designated path and respect the fragile environment. The trail ends at Fire Canyon Overlook, which presents a different perspective of the sandstone landscape.

You will see how the rocks change color and texture as you look south and east over the Fire Canyon and Silica Dome areas.

The contrast between the fiery reds and oranges and the cooler whites and grays is striking.

You can enjoy the view from the overlook or explore a bit further along the canyon rim. Sources: Rainbow Vista Trail | Valley of Fire | Rainbow Vista Trail | Valley of Fire State Park. Conversation with Bing Chat