Slot Canyon in the Valley of Fire

I wish I remembered how we got here. I believe it was during our walk to or from the White Domes (I’ll leave that for another post). The slot canyons in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada are amazing.

narrow pathway of the slot canyon in the Valley of Fire

They are long, narrow, and deep small canyons with sheer rock walls that are typically eroded into either sandstone or other sedimentary rock. The slot canyons in the Valley of Fire are a little wider than a person in the narrowest parts, so easy to walk through for anyone.

Since slot canyons are subject to flash flooding plan your visit accordingly.

narrow trail of the slot canyon in the Valley of Fire

The trail through the slot canyon leads you to a (very old) movie set with little still intact. So don’t get your hopes up too high. However the landscape is gorgeous and you can just image how the scenery fit an old Western-genre movie.

I love the symmetrie of the lines in the sandsone walls showing how the slot canyon formed over time and leaving sediments behind time after time.

This post was inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #84: Narrow and by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing or Leading Lines. Thank you both for your inspiration!

Head over to the Fire Wave in the Valley of Fire State Park to see photos of the Fire Wave with its red, white, and pink layered sandstone.

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  1. I love the slot canyons, which you’ve captured beautifully. Last time we weren’t allowed in due to flooding at the opposite end. As we were leaving a torrent of water came racing through. Very frightening. Thank goodness we never went in!