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USA Rainbow Rock

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Parking lot #3 in Valley of Fire State Park primarily serves the Fire Wave trailhead. Very few visitors venture down the drainage on the southwest side of the lot. This area is a large expanse of sandstone of every color in the rainbow. One large slab of sandstone is aptly named “Rainbow Rock” or “Crazy Hill”. One could spend hours wandering around the labyrinthine maze of colorful rocks. If you visit during the summer (not recommended) be sure to bring plenty of water. While you’re not very far from a road, it’s easy to become disoriented and lose your way. Getting lost here, even if just for a few hours, could have serious consequences if you’re unprepared when temperatures exceed well above 100° F (38° C).

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From the Valley of Fire Visitor Center drive 13 miles (21km) to the Fire Wave parking area (parking lot #3). On the right side of the lot, there’s a narrow drainage leading southwest. Work your way down the drainage until it opens up after a couple of minutes. There are two paths. One veering to the left and the other to the right. If you take the left fork, you’ll see the multi-colored rock feature called “Rainbow Rock” after a couple of minutes.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Sunrise during fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:42 - 16:58 | current local time: 03:21
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