Valley of Fire: Duck Rock

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Actual coordinates: 36.501450, -114.529943

Visited: January 16, 2016

Description: A short hike to a duck just chilling in the middle of the desert

Length: ~1.5 miles out and back

Elevation: -100 feet

Duration: 30-45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Pets: Dog friendly

Parking: Lot (36.500666, -114.532230), but if it’s closed then you’ll have to park right next to the “Road Closed” sign (36.493140, -114.531772)

Best time to go: Anytime

Bring: Camera, sunscreen, water

When we went to check out Duck Rock, the road was closed and we weren’t very happy about it…

So we parked on the side of the road and walked the .6 miles to the parking lot. It doesn’t seem like much but we were running on zero hours of sleep and had just finished 2-3 other hikes. We craycray… 😛

Once we got to the parking lot we went left and didn’t find anything. We eventually gave up and turned back. After stopping by the visitors center later that day, a ranger told us that we had to go to the right for another .15 miles to find the duck. Why didn’t we try right in the first place? Because we figured this duck was nonexistent or died… Dam our theories!


Second attempt and we headed right this time. We kept an eye out for the duck. There isn’t a real trail but the ranger told us the duck should be close. Eventually, we spotted Duck Rock and had to walk down a steep and crumbly hill to get closer.

No rock left unclimbed!

Molesting the duck like our friend Greg would 😉

Although we were a bit grouchy trying to find Duck Rock the second time around, we were glad we didn’t give up! Better an “oops” than a “what if…” 😀

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Just because you can’t see the duck from the parking lot viewpoint doesn’t mean a duck does not exist… Lesson learned.

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