We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Summer is not the best time to go.

This was a gorgeous place to visit. The hike was short .21 miles to the falls. The campground has... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
clamdiger2
,
Norco, California
A very picturesque attraction right off Hwy 395

On a trip from Oregon to Joshua Tree NP we saw the one sign pointing to Fossil Falls and pulled off... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2017
Jann01
,
Cave Junction, OR
Read all 32 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“cinder cone” (4 reviews)
“parking area” (3 reviews)
LOCATION
Us 395, Little Lake, CA
Write a Review
Reviews (32)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a gorgeous place to visit. The hike was short .21 miles to the falls. The campground has no shade. There is a water pump and out houses for the campground. I don't recommend this when it is over 100 degrees. I think it...More

Thank clamdiger2
Reviewed April 12, 2017

On a trip from Oregon to Joshua Tree NP we saw the one sign pointing to Fossil Falls and pulled off to take a look. While there are no fossils and the "falls" is dry, the shining and sculpted black lava rock is very cool....More

Thank Jann01
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Beautifull place. Just stop for a couple of minutes when you pass by. About 5 min from the highway. Accessible by car

1  Thank joury d
Reviewed October 20, 2016

Once you find the parking area, it is a very short walk to where the "Falls" had worn through the volcanic rock to form worn pot-holes and swirls over thousands of years by waters force. This would not be recommended for children, as it is...More

Thank bestsales123
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We finally made the side trip off of 395 to see Fossil Falls, this was definately worth the time. We had learned a great deal about the area at the Ridgecrest museum before we went. The turn off is between Little Lake and the Red...More

Thank 707clayg
Reviewed April 12, 2016

Unexpected natural wonder. Right between the large red cinder cone and Little Lake is Cinder Road that is just a short but dusty drive to Fossil Falls. If you are planning to climb around on the rocks at all, be sure to bring shoes with...More

1  Thank The5MRanch
Reviewed March 16, 2016

A friend told us to stop here on our drive from Mammoth back to LA. It is about 40 miles south of Lone Pine. Watch for the one sign off 395. This is a great place to walk or climb around. The black rocks are...More

2  Thank Lukeoline
Reviewed February 20, 2016

If you're on 395 and see the sign for Fossil Falls, it's worth making the turn. There is no fee for Fossil Falls, and you can see everything in a short amount of time. If you feel like exploring, there is plenty to keep you...More

1  Thank Nori S
Reviewed September 26, 2015

we travelled about an hour return from where we were staying to visit this place. The rock formations are nice and it has good toilet facilities with good marked paths but if its out of your way then it can be easily missed

1  Thank neel s
Reviewed September 1, 2015

Grew up near Fossil Falls and have visited it many times. This time around while exploring the falls we found a very cool lava tube.

Thank Douglas S
Nearby
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Bernardino's Restaurant
48 reviews
20.60 miles away
Casey's Steaks & Barbeque
239 reviews
24.08 miles away
Indian Wells Brewing Co. Restaurant
12 reviews
18.66 miles away
Olancha Cafe'
5 reviews
22.43 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Indian Wells Brewing Company
41 reviews
18.66 miles away
Gus's Fresh Jerky
14 reviews
24.07 miles away
U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology
22 reviews
24.42 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Fossil Falls staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit