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Address: Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.

This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.

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Colors are very subdued

The road was well maintained when we drove it in our little Honda Fit. This is not a 4X4 but did excellent on the drive. The colors are not brilliant like a rainbow but they are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Norm_Nice_Guy
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Las Vegas, NV
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Las Vegas, NV
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310 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The road was well maintained when we drove it in our little Honda Fit. This is not a 4X4 but did excellent on the drive. The colors are not brilliant like a rainbow but they are still very nice. This is not a very busy attraction with not services but still a nice visit.

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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful attraction outside Barstow. We were there after the unusually heavy rains. Much of the roads were partially washed out. When you see it you will know why they call it Rainbow the colors are amazing

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Thank onlyMes
Port Dover
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15 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Very scenic and lovely drive. Four wheel driving car is recommended as the road is pretty tough. Lovely colors and different rock formations. Very similar to the Artistic Drive at Death Valley National Park. Worthy your visit.

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Thank PortDoverBeach
Dundas, Canada
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116 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Taking the scenic drive you can see why this area was named the Rainbow Basin. The rocks varied in colour; red, gold, brown, green, gray, etc. Well worth the drive along the dusty gravel road (road is well maintained).

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Thank OurWanderingCasa
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Nice place kept clean :-) has nice places to sit down to eat beautiful views. Good place to go with kids. Good spot to look at stars :-)

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1 Thank Selina P
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The rocks are fun to walk thru but be careful as there are lots of loose rock. It's deceiving. My girls almost slid down a rock slide so be careful!

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Barstow, California, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I took my wife and kids here for the first time since we moved here to Barstow. The road is well maintained and was able to gain access with our SUV. Some rocks on the road so no cars are recommended. Once inside it opens up into some really amazing rock formations made from all the colors in a rainbow.... More 

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Barstow, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you have the time, park and walk some of the side canyons. Bring your camera! The Barstow Syncline is pictured in my college geology textbook so is famous.

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Thank Toni R
Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Interesting drive to Rainbow Basin, not as colourful as we had hoped but pleasant enough. I am a 59 yes old woman and I negotiated the road ok but this may not be for everyone. We took an ordinary saloon car and crunched our way through, please view all my photos for state of road in Sept 2015. There are... More 

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

An awesomely beautiful part of the world and well worth a visit....in the right vehicle. We done it in a convertible hire car and parts were challenging to say the least, best done in a 4x4 I'd say. Saying that I would recommend a visit

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