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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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Address: Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.

This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.

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Great Hiking Spot

A great place to hike if you like seeing different rock formations and colors in the mountains. It was nice, but beware of hiking here in the summer months, this area is free from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Morgan V
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to hike if you like seeing different rock formations and colors in the mountains. It was nice, but beware of hiking here in the summer months, this area is free from trees and other shaded areas.

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Thank Morgan V
Lake City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

My friend found this and I am very glad we decided to do it. Make sure you have water and drive slow because some of the areas get a little tight.

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San Jose, California
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Found Rainbow Basin Natural Area and Owl Canyon near Barstow very beautiful and hardly anyone their which made it perfect for not being congested, we loved it would go back anytime we are in the area.

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Thank varnin
Minneapolis
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Wow. Totally desolate beautiful area that looks like you are on the moons surface. Great place to visit off the beaten track. Watch out for the rattle snakes though. There are many great places for hem to hide.

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Thank mplstravel
Aarhus, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

We had two nights in Barstow and decided to visit the Rainbow Basin Natural Area, even if several reviews warned that a SUV or 4WD was needed. Good thing we decided to go in our rented sedan anyway, because there was no problems getting there and through the one way loop (a few places needed careful driving that's all). And... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

A little side trip that is worth it. A little gem north of Barstow that is worth the side trip if you like geology of the Mohave desert .

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Thank Darel M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Love the desert? then you have to try this hike. easy hiking with beautiful views. I have been here several times.

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1 Thank Maxman9798
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

A cool place. Not far off Route 66. Just north of the center of Batstow. Worth the drive especially if you are into geology.

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2 Thank Kathy B
Pinon Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Remote desert location: beauty worth the tip. Folded, molded, strata layered in colors and shapes out of a wild dream set in a silent and soulful xeric area. Plus, colorful lizards and prehistoric looking desert tortoises. Put on your big floppy sunhat, bring at least a gallon of cold water per person per day, and experience two eyefuls of modern... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful and a little bumpy drive through the natural desert. We drove our Subaru Forester and had no problems with the unsealed road. If it is raining I would highly recommend 4-wheel drive. Otherwise, if you drive an high clearance SUV you should be fine.

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