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“Awesome "Free" side trip from I15 near Barstow” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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
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Owner description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Belton, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Awesome "Free" side trip from I15 near Barstow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Beautiful rock formations and great area to piknic or hike! You can drive through with normal car...not a good idea for a lowered car or corvette..but 4wd is not needed.

Visited January 2012
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Piedmont, CA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Liked Rainbow Basin Scenic Drive; Owl Canyon not so much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We began our visit to the Rainbow Basin Natural Area with a hike along Owl Canyon that unfortunately wasn't particularly interesting. But then we began driving along the lovely Rainbow Basin Scenic Drive, which led us to an overlook where we parked and hiked along a lovely wash. That's a much better bet than Owl Canyon. We enjoyed both driving and hiking on the Rainbow Basin Scenic Drive.

Visited November 2011
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Visalia, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2010

Though the roads are unpaved, our low to the ground Acura made it thru without any problems. We were the only ones out there & got out several times to walk. The different colors were awesome! Worth the trip & a must see!

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Swanmore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Not really worth the detour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2009

We stopped in Barstow for a coffee and decided to look at the Rainbow Basin. Guide books did not warn of the very rough terrain. Thankfully we had a hire car and not our own! Interesting scenery but a long way from town if not based there and not much evidence of rainbows. Did not see another person or vehicle. Very poorly signed so get good directions and drive carefully if not in a 4WD. Rock formations very interesting. No cost.

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“Rainbow Basin; A Small Sample Of The Mojave Desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2004

The Rainbow Basin Natural Area is interesting and visually pleasing.
The geologic formations are beautiful and possess a variety of earth tone colors. The plant communtiy in the area is diverse and is composed of creosote bush scrub as well as Joshua tree woodland. In the spring, a diverse array of interesting annual flowers carpet the area. If your into natural areas, you won't be disappointed!

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