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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Barstow
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
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Newcastle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We didn't have a lot of time so we decided to drive around the loop road, that you supposedly didn't need a 4WD for, rather than walking. Don't do this in a sedan like we did. If you're going to drive I would only do this in a 4WD. The road is way too eroded with massive pot holes and... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a great place if you want to see some of the natural beauty of the California west. A short drive north of Barstow it is a circular drive with places to stop and hike. It's ideal for people who can't or don't want to hike because you can see the terrain well from a car. A gem of... More

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tx
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I have been to the painted desert in Az. so this wasn't like that at all- the colors were not as vibrant. It was a neat drive, before we turned wrong and got stuck out there in the desert. Be careful about that- especially if you don't have a phone tracking your location. Well, I doubt that happens to many... More

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Sacramento
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170 reviews 170 reviews
69 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We drove through the area and found it interesting but it doesn't live up to the word "rainbow" or the comparison to the Artist's Palate drive in Death Valley. If you have extra time in the area, make the effort. But, if you are passing through like we were, it might not be worth your time.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Rainbow basin has a great trail for an easy hike there is soft sand but it's not bad. There are toilets and facets. Good place to camp just doesn't have showers.

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Lomita, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Rainbow Basin is just outside Barstow and offers easy access to regular passenger cars and it appears there are additional opportunities for those with more rugged vehicles and those that are hiking/camping. We spent a good 2+ hours driving and stopping and taking pictures and really enjoyed it. The colors reminded us of Artist's Palette in Death Valley. This is... More

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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The BLM has a very nice campground in this Natural Area, called Owl Canyon Campground. Sites are only $6 as of this date, and it rarely fills. It often has a host, but doesn't currently have water. Each site has a grill and a firepit, and a ramada for shade. Sites are pretty big, but you can also get some... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a really cool place to see that most folks will never take the time to visit. It's a must to take the time and walk through some of the formations

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Barstow, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My family has hiked there a lot. All kinds of nooks and carnies for exploring the hidden canyons. And the geological layering make beautiful scenery.

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Anaheim, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

The colour and variations of rock formations throughout the loop are outstanding. Will visit again sometime in the future. Only one disappointment, some fools had smashed beer bottles around viewing area 4 creating a hazard for visitors especially young children and dogs.

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