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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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Breathtakingly beautiful!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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 5 reviews
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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214 reviews 214 reviews
34 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 helpful votes 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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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Rainbow Basin is one of the should sees in Barstow. Being in the desert there is not a lot to see until you come upon this area. There are a number of look out areas that you can get out of your car and take pictures. We didn't go hiking but I did see a number of others hiking.... More 

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Fort Irwin, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I knew I'd be surrounded by rock and there would be a general color scheme, but I was astounded when sunset came and the somewhat monotone colors turned, quite literally, rainbow! The shapes and shadows made me feel like I was in a different world, and yet, the I also felt the age of this earth. It's an unforgettable place!... More 

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Newcastle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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