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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
+1 702-808-5383
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This place is very cool!

This place is very cool! Love all the geology and seeing so many colored rocks and layers! Nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Backpacker_0905
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San Luis Obispo, CA
Lunar landscape

Beautiful place located in the Mojave desert, very suggestive, it seems to be into a lunar... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Ezio_LT
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Latina, Italia
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This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good48%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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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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"the loop"
in 7 reviews
"scenic drive"
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"dirt road"
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"worth the detour"
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"mojave desert"
in 4 reviews
"cool place"
in 3 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 2 reviews
"interesting rock formations"
in 2 reviews
"rental car"
in 2 reviews
"several years"
in 2 reviews
"spur of the moment"
in 2 reviews
"joshua tree"
in 2 reviews
"geology"
in 10 reviews
"color"
in 22 reviews
"campground"
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"suv"
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"canyon"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is very cool! Love all the geology and seeing so many colored rocks and layers! Nice place to hike and explore!

Thank Backpacker_0905
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Beautiful place located in the Mojave desert, very suggestive, it seems to be into a lunar landscape.

Thank Ezio_LT
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

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
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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.

2  Thank Sue R
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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
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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
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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
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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

5  Thank Diane S
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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
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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
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