We stopped for lunch at the picnic area near the White Domes trailhead. At least a dozen of these little antelope ground squirrels descended upon us looking for a handout. Jim might have accidentally dropped some of his sandwich.
We then took the 1.2 mile White Domes loop, a very nice hike through some colorful rock formations and another slot canyon.
Here I saw a dinosaur getting ready to attack a seated monkey with a lampshade on it’s head. Jim and Debbie were doubting my sanity at that point.
Next we stopped at Arch Rock, but we saw many other unnamed arches in the park.
That was followed by a climb up to look at the petroglyphs on Atlatl Rock.
Our last stop of the day was the short trail to Elephant Rock. This one was a real stretch of the imagination, in my opinion.
A runaway bride, and the best dressed hiker we’ve ever seen.
Just as we were getting back into the car, I looked up and saw this iconic silhouette. For a split second I thought I was hallucinating.
We always joke about big horn sheep, since Debbie has never seen one on a hike. Jim and I had a close encounter with one in Canyonlands a few years ago, but haven’t seen any since, so this was quite a treat. And just when we thought those little squirrels were the extent of our wildlife sighting in Valley of Fire. What a nice ending to a great day in the park. The entire family was there!
Hope you’re not tired of red rocks, since we’re on our way to visit with the Box Canyon bunch, and spend the entire month of November near Zion National Park.