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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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Think twice if it has recently rained

My husband and I visited Rainbow Basin several years ago and loved it. We were in the area again and wanted to take our sons to see it. Be advised that if it has recently rained... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited Rainbow Basin several years ago and loved it. We were in the area again and wanted to take our sons to see it. Be advised that if it has recently rained the road will be muddy and washed out in places. We decided to turn around as we were just in a rental car. All... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Barstow for the Gem and Mineral Show on 12/03/2016 - 12/04/2016. We heard about Rainbow Basin from a couple from Brazil, at the motel breakfast. We toured it around 9 am. Do not go if it has rained. We are off-roaders so we are use to rough roads. There is a sign about no RV's or trailers.... More 

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1 Thank sbkelley
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice hiking canyon with an easy start and an increasing difficulty and boulder climbing until you can't go anymore. A lot of fun!

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1 Thank Lili89110
Livingston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have driven this loop drive twice and it is very interesting. You can see the geology and uplift in the rock formations - some look like the remains of huge dinosaurs. No matter what time of year, the changing light gives great color displays. Worth the ride on gravel roads. Unique.

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1 Thank Pam K
Fort Irwin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Decided to take the kids through Rainbow Basin Natural Area at the spur of the moment. It's well worth the little detour off the Interstate, especially if you're a rock hound and enjoy geology. We did the short loop drive through the basin area. The road out to the site is graded, but still rough in spots, so low clearance... More 

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Visited based on other TA reviews and so glad we did! Every twist and turn brought incredible new sights. Road is bumpy and narrow in spaces, but our little rental car handled it just fine. Definitely recommend it if you have an hour or two to spare in Barstow.

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verde valley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

thank you TA for finding this. i never would have ever known about it. there is a driving loop, but i am thinking on a quiet day it might be more fun to walk it. the own canyon trail is OK too but the highlight is an UNMARKED cave about a half mile in on the right. it gets completely... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Far from what the southwest has to offer in terms of natural wonders.... this is a little scenic drive through very lonely wilderness.... and that's part of the attraction. If you have the time.... only 20 mins from I15.

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1 Thank Peter M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

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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Lake City, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 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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