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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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Beautiful scenery!

Such an unique experience to see all the colors in the rocks and layers of earth. Very tranquil... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Katherine H
Long Beach, California
Scenic Drive through Unique, Colorful Landscape

This area has very interesting and unusual geology! The colors and stratum of the rocky hills and... read more

Reviewed April 18, 2018
Tucson, Arizona
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This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Fossil Bed Road, 8 Miles North, Barstow, CA 92311
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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

2  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

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!

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.

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||

2  Thank Piero L
Reviewed July 16, 2017

We drove through there several years ago. It is an easy dirt road. There are colorful rock and dirt formations. This is a good winter time site seeing drive because it is too hot in the summer.

3  Thank Sue R
Reviewed June 29, 2017

The road to rainbow basin is not paved and just gravel. I think it's about 2 miles atleast on this road once turning off main road. Good for off road vehicles or cars you don't care about getting scratched or dirty. Once there though, it'a...More

2  Thank Tink2004
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Great, quick outing from Barstow. Worth the detour even if you're passing through. Fun little drive, only takes an hour or so. Lots of hiking trails if you have more time.

2  Thank Ellen C
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful geographic area. Unusual rock formations and color combinations. One can drive thru the area as well as explore on foot

3  Thank Edward W
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