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Fossil Falls

Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
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Address: US 395, Little Lake, CA

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A must see

This place is south of Bishop off US 395. Very easy to miss. Look for road marker. Rough road to get there. SUV preferred but any rental car will do. Parking, restroom and picnic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 11, 2014
Glenn Y
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place is south of Bishop off US 395. Very easy to miss. Look for road marker. Rough road to get there. SUV preferred but any rental car will do. Parking, restroom and picnic tables at the end. Short hike to actual falls. Kids can do. Amazing to see what can mother nature to do with the lava over the... More 

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Palmdale, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a beautiful site to see and even has a few campsites to stay overnight. Just beware that if you opt for the "4" mile drive to the little lake overlook that the road is HORRIBLE! Unpaved, rutted, full of rocks and other obatacles. If you have a car thats low to the ground and not 4WD-don't risk it.... More 

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Yucaipa, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Even though it was hot, I am glad we took the short hike to the Fossil Falls rocks. They were so beautiful. It was so fun climbing through them and seeing this geological wonder. I can not believe I have never visited before. It does take some climbing if you really want to see the rocks. Make sure you are... More 

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irvine ca
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Another world on earth. Easy access. All rocks and barrows are black so don't go in Summer as it is extremely hot.

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Tucson, AZ
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90 reviews 90 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is an eerily beautiful place. Everywhere you look, there are different kinds of volcanic rocks of different colors from coarse to fine, boulders and rounded rocks, and in shades of grey, red, brown and black. It's truly beautiful. Make sure you have good shoes such as sturdy sneakers. I would also bring plenty of water and a little food... More 

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Mojave Desert, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We stopped at Fossil Falls while on the road to points further north. It's one of those places that looks like a set from a science fiction/fantasy movie. Some notes: --Plan ahead with tiny kids. You will be carrying the 2 1/2 year old out. --Potty first before you head out from the parking lot. --Wear shoes with some grip... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Took some friends to visit the Falls - we all thought that it was a great place to visit. Not sure how someone pushing a stroller/wheelchair would be able to navigate the path.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I was in Ridgecrest and had a few hours to spare... decided to visit. Good to read the history and background before visiting the falls. Interesting formations & chips, but I didn't see any fossils. Careful climbing the formation - dangerous to get to the bottom - I stopped for safety and I have >20 years climbing experience. Rough terrain... More 

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Cerritos, California
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246 reviews 246 reviews
114 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

High ratings for this? Why not? It's ancient, unique, intriguing, and fun to photograph! And any rock formation from a glacial run-off is worth taking a look. As we made the turn off Hwy 395, there were no cars to be found. But as we neared the parking lot, we were amazed to see it full....now what does that tell... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it can't compare with the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. But if you have never been or just pass by saying maybe next time. Trust me stop and check it out. Besides you needed a rest stop anyway, right?

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