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Travel: White Dome

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At the end of an amazingly scenic drive down Valley of Fire’s lone paved side road lies a short hike that’s long on scenery: White Dome Loop. The two-mile circle begins up a sandy wash, then drops down into an incredibly colorful canyon used as a backdrop in the 1966 Burt Lancaster western, “The Professionals.” From there, it’s all right turns (NASCAR fans can hike it backward) through a narrow slot canyon and back up to the trailhead. Difficulty: Easy.

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