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

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very pretty

there really is not much to do out therein barstow but this was a nice little hike and very pretty take water its hot

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

there really is not much to do out therein barstow but this was a nice little hike and very pretty take water its hot

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Pinellas Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

When we made plans to go to this area I must admit that I was not at all excited. So much of the area just seems like desert and while there is certainly beauty there it was not for me. I was surprised. The colors of the ground and untainted desert area are impressive and breathtaking. Would definitely go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The drive through Rainbow Basis is quite breathtaking, considering it is through the desert. We rode through in a Jeep, which was quite handy in some areas of the road. Many people, though, take ordinary vehicles with camping trailers towed behind, and don't appear to have trouble getting through. In fact, quite a number of folks were camped along the... More 

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Lindenwold
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A very natural area. If you like natural beauty, this is a good place. Not exciting, just desert natural.

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Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My family didn't have much time as we were travelling from Las Vegas to San Jose and stumbled on this beautiful place. It's a shame there is a lot of broken glass around the viewing spots so take care not to puncture a tyre. We had just a small hire car and had no trouble getting through. Looks like the... More 

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Ft Hood
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My father and I took a trail tour to Rainbow Basin and had the opportunity to hike the area. The views were unique for someone from the East Coast - the rock formations and colors were amazing. We will certainly return!

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Calico, CA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Exellant geology tat people ome from around te world to see. Campground nearby for $6 a nigt run by te BLM.

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Falls Church, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you are in Barstow and have an hour or two, the Rainbow Basin is worth the drive. Beautiful, colorful rock formations. The basin is notable for the fantastic and beautiful shapes of its rock formations and its fossil beds. The downside is a long dirt road, a one way loop that can be difficult in places, especially for two... More 

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Only a few miles outside of Barstow is the Rainbow Basin Natural Area. An 8 mile dirt road takes you on a loop through the amazing, colorful rock formations. I had read online that high clearance vehicles were recommended. The loop road was recommended by the folks at the railroad museum who love it here and said that regular cars... More 

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Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had one day visiting the Mojave National Preserve and the morning after we decided spending some time here. Then the Rainbow Basin Natural Area has really been a beautiful surprise for me and my friends. We had limited time available so we just went driving through the are with a few stops when something looked more exciting, however we... More 

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Address: Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Barstow

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