Hike the Bowl of Fire in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness

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An all but forgotten valley of otherworldly red, orange, and pink Aztec sandstone dominated by purple and white peaks of mudstone and gypsum, all less than an hour away from Las Vegas and perfect for hiking, climbing, and backpacking.

The Bowl of Fire, tucked away in the Muddy Mountains Wilderness, is made up of the same dramatic conglomerate as that of the Valley of Fire, only almost no-one stops to visit as they blitz by on Northshore Road in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To get there take the Northshore Road 16 miles from the turnoff from Lakeshore Road just inside the west entrance to the Recreation Area. You can either go left on the dirt Callville Washington N. Road (called the "Road to Bowl of Fire Trailhead" on some maps) for 1.7 miles to trailhead, or proceed for another 1.25 miles to the pull off on the left where a marked (with cairns) use trail proceeds north to the more official trailhead.

Note that the Callville Washington N. Road is actually a wash, so in times of rain it can be unusable without a strong 4WD vehicle.

The trail heads in a generally northwesterly directions into the obvious Bowl of Fire, which is filled with redrock formations and several trails that scramble throughout the Bowl.

The main trail follows the valley north and takes a long loop to the east and then south for 5.7 miles till it connects back with Northshore Road at a Scenic Viewing Area about 1.25 miles from the original pullout.

USGS 7.5 Quadrangle Maps: Dry Lake SE, Muddy Peak, Bitter Spring, Government Wash, Callville Bay. 

Muddy Mountain Wilderness Rules

  • No camping allowed within sight of trials and half a mile from National Park Service designated roads.
  • No camping allowed within 300 feet of water sources.
  • Maximum group size: 12 members.
  • Camping is limited to a total of 14 days in one location and no more than 90 days total within any consecutive 12-month period.
  • Stock cannot be restrained within 200 feet of water.
  • Campfires are allowed, except during regional fire restrictions, with use of a fire pan or blanket. Visitors are encouraged to only use camp stoves. 

Pack List

  • Good hiking and/or trail shoes
  • Water (none is available on the trail)
  • Nutrition
  • Sunscreen
  • Shelter (if camping)
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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