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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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Rainbow Basin Slot Canyon - great little hike

If you're passing through Barstow and have a few hours then definitely go find this trail. I found... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cameron M
Martinez, California, United States
Amazing trail running area

Went trail running today starting at the owl canyon camping area. The natural area is free for day... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
Fort Irwin, California
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“scenic drive”(6 reviews)
“owl canyon”(5 reviews)
“mojave desert”(5 reviews)
This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
+1 702-808-5383
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're passing through Barstow and have a few hours then definitely go find this trail. I found this area first on TripAdvisor, but then I found this hike using Alltrails. We visited on a cold windy March Friday morning, and we were the only...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Cameron M
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Went trail running today starting at the owl canyon camping area. The natural area is free for day use and $6 per night for camping. The canyons were amazing there and tons of trails that are not mapped. This place was amazing to take pictures...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This place is out of this world. If you are a geology enthusiast, this is the place to go. The shifting and layers of the rocks are amazing. The rocks are many colored, hence the name, Rainbow Basin. A nice day for only the cost...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank jspinkney
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We did the scenic drive around sunset on 8/31/18. There is lots of color (mostly greens, light reds and browns) and a good pull off overlook about half way through. The area is relatively easy to find (just note the turn to it is a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Peter K
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Such an unique experience to see all the colors in the rocks and layers of earth. Very tranquil place filled with natural beauty. You need GOOD shocks or struts on your vehicle or you will be in for a bumpy ride.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Katherine H
Reviewed April 18, 2018

This area has very interesting and unusual geology! The colors and stratum of the rocky hills and canyons are fascinating. It reminded me of Artist's Palette at Death Valley National Park. Rainbow Basin is located about 10 miles north of Barstow off Irwin Road; From...More

Date of experience: December 2017
6  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed April 15, 2018

My wife and I were married here. A lot people asked us, " why the desert ? " Why? The Mojave Desert has some of the best sunset views anywhere, thus setting the stage for a sunset wedding. We both enjoy the beauty of the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Michael Y
Reviewed February 13, 2018

This place is very cool! Love all the geology and seeing so many colored rocks and layers! Nice place to hike and explore!

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Backpacker_0905
Reviewed November 22, 2017

Beautiful place located in the Mojave desert, very suggestive, it seems to be into a lunar landscape.

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Ezio_LT
Reviewed August 30, 2017

It is a must the road in the desert and the scenic road was worth the detour the off roads are amazing||

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Piero L
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