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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

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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 1 week ago
Fort Irwin, California
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Mini Grand Canyon

This place is out of this world. If you are a geology enthusiast, this is the place to go. The... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
Barstow, 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 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 6 November 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
1  Thank jspinkney
Reviewed 14 September 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
2  Thank Peter K
Reviewed 7 August 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 18 April 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
5  Thank CrankingChick
Reviewed 16 April 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 14 February 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 22 November 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 31 August 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
Reviewed 17 July 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.

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Sue R
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