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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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wow a free visit worth the detour

It is a must the road in the desert and the scenic road was worth the detour the off roads are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Piero L
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Terrebonne, Canada
Interesting Drive

We drove through there several years ago. It is an easy dirt road. There are colorful rock and... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Sue R
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Salome, Arizona
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This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good48%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
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“the loop” (7 reviews)
“scenic drive” (4 reviews)
“dirt road” (4 reviews)
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Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a must the road in the desert and the scenic road was worth the detour the off roads are amazing||

1  Thank Piero L
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We drove through there several years ago. It is an easy dirt road. There are colorful rock and dirt formations. This is a good winter time site seeing drive because it is too hot in the summer.

1  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 29 June 2017

The road to rainbow basin is not paved and just gravel. I think it's about 2 miles atleast on this road once turning off main road. Good for off road vehicles or cars you don't care about getting scratched or dirty. Once there though, it'a...More

1  Thank Tink2004
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Great, quick outing from Barstow. Worth the detour even if you're passing through. Fun little drive, only takes an hour or so. Lots of hiking trails if you have more time.

1  Thank Ellen C
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful geographic area. Unusual rock formations and color combinations. One can drive thru the area as well as explore on foot

2  Thank Edward W
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This was an exciting, unexpected spur of the moment day trip that we took our two boys to explore. This place was full of different kinds of rock and sediment that ranged in color that had us in so much wonder! For the ones who...More

4  Thank Diane S
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We were on our way to New Orleans and pulling our trailer. This was our first over night stop. The road in to truly bumpy but we got there with no problem. Campsites have BBQ, fir pit and covered table. It was to cold and...More

3  Thank Jackie L
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Good short trip, or short not-too-far out-of-the-way location. Decent hiking, an easy drive through loop (SUV or truck, not sedan), and scenic in the dry, blasted, Mojave fashion. Worth a few hours if it isn't too hot.

1  Thank matthewo715
Reviewed 13 February 2017

As we love going to National Parks, Monuments, etc. we almost passed on this one (no real information in town or on maps). Sure glad we didn't! Wonderful, fun drive on dirt roads (don't go if there's been rain that day or when it is...More

3  Thank Marsha K
Reviewed 16 January 2017

It only takes about two hours or less to do this whole loop of the rainbow basin trail. It is worth stopping if you like geological formations etc. The colors are amazing. Great spot for sunset. So glad that we did it!

2  Thank shebaandrew
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