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Cima Dome
From a distance it looks like someone dropped a glob of dark wax on the desert floor, but what it actually is is a batholith that has been exposed by the weathering of the surrounding land forms.  A batholith is a pluton of magma that was under an active volcano. The magma hardened and in this case the volcano eroded away and all that is left is the exposed pluton.  It is actually pretty big.  Rising nearly 1,500 feet above the desert floor and over 75 square miles in size, this round bubble of rock is a home to a forest. Yes, a forest in the desert! It is covered with Joshua trees.

Getting There-
Las Vegas to Cima Dome

Take I-15 south to the Cima Rd exit at Valley Wells south (over the Hwy overpass). Head south approx. 6.75 miles to the road that leads south (right). The road is gravel. Take this road to the intersection and head west (left). There are many roads that intersect here. Do not enter Valley View ranch house road. The proper road goes by the windmill. take the road to the end and there you are.

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