Hike to Pink Canyon in Valley of Fire State Park

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Pink Canyon is an unmarked canyon in Valley of Fire State Park. A great way to avoid crowds, and easily one of Nevada's most beautiful geological displays. You don't want to miss this one.

Valley of Fire is a place that will exceed your expectations. It’s kind of small but packs a punch. Just an hour outside of Vegas, it’s the perfect retreat for anyone who is in need of a reprieve from the city lights.

Anyone who has heard of this park is likely familiar with the Fire Wave . What you probably haven’t heard about is Pink Canyon. A lesser known, and equally stunning, attraction. True to its name, the canyon walls radiate soft shades of pink hues in every direction. You’ll also see shades of yellow, orange, and white. A delightful palette of pastel hues that pleases the senses at any time of day.

With the amazing vibrancy of colors you see everywhere else in the park, it’s a nice change of pace.

This canyon boasts all kinds of abstract shapes. The sculpted sandstone and geological scripts lend themselves well to the creative interpreter. I live in “canyon country” and even I’m impressed by this canyon. It captures you and keeps pulling you back in.

The hike itself is easy, and short. It can get a little tight in a few spots, but not so tight you have to walk on walls or gear up for canyoneering. If it has rained recently, prepare for a few tiny puddles, but you should be able to walk around them.

The weather in the summer can be very hot, often above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring plenty of water and snacks, and wear shoes with rubber soles.

If you want to avoid crowds, this is a great option. It’s not a marked trail so most people don’t know it’s there.

Protip:

If you’re camping there, stay at the Atlatl Rock campground. Campsite #22 is the best site in the park (confirmed by park rangers).

To get there:

From Valley of Fire Hwy, take the turnoff onto White Domes/Mouse’s Tank Rd (toward the Visitor Center). Take a left turn at the split from the visitor center, to continue North up White Domes/Mouse’s Tank Rd.

Go 3.9 miles up White Domes/Mouse’s Tank road, to wash sign #5. It will be the second dip, just past the 4th “Dip” sign. Park just off the highway. You should see the mouth of the canyon when you step out of your car and start walking toward the canyon walls (East).

Note: There is a $10 entrance fee into the park. Well worth it. 

Distance

2 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

180 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Beautiful and serene!

You park right at the wash sign and walk between these bright pastel walls. The sand made it just a tad hard but more annoying than anything because it got in your socks. Besides that it was very easy to locate with the directions given and well worth the short walk. I went on March 4th with my boyfriend and our furry four legged child.

Valley of Fire State Park Is A Must!

Such an amazing state park and was not crowded at all during our visit. Pastel canyon is amazing. We went both west and east from dip #5 and while both were beautiful we liked the views best when we headed east.

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