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“Beautiful Unique landscape to drive through” 4 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 #3 of 10 attractions in Barstow
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Buenos Aires
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful Unique landscape to drive through”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Really worth the visit, it only takes a couple hours to go, do the loop and be ready to move on, and it is really really a unique view and a very special sight. Basically, you loop around inside your car, not sure it makes any sense to stop. I could not go at the best hours (early morning or late afternoon) and still found it worth the while. Very recommended if you have the time.

Visited January 2013
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Long Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Accessible Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

A bit of Death Valley's Artist's Palette that is much closer. The dirt roads can be driven in any passenger car.

Visited February 2013
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Oatman, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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“Great place for a Natural Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Easy to get to from Barstow and a wonder to see. Why is this place here. Amazing really. We drove through on Saturday and had to go back on Sunday for more. We hiked through the hills and washes in Rainbow basin. It was a fun geologic adventure.

Visited February 2013
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Hesperia, California, United States
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3 attraction reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

very beautiful canyon to drive thru. needs a cleaning from the idiots who graffiti it but still worth the drive. camping would enhance this experience

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Los Angeles, California
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
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“A great find in the desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We found this on a map and went to check it out while passing through Barstow. Instead of doing the driving loop (which we were told requires 4-wheel drive) we decided to walk it. The views were beautiful of jagged mountains striped with colorful minerals. Even the stones on the ground were colorful. When it got dark, the sky view was awesome. No light anywhere so the stars were amazing. We saw signs for hiking trails but couldn't find them. We wished there was more of a map and better signs. The Ranger Station in Barstow is closed on weekends (!!) so we couldn't get more information there.

Visited December 2012
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