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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Barstow
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Georgia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
40 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
69 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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