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“Geologic scenery”

Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Barstow
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This scenic desert area is good for hiking and other outdoor activities.
Reviewed 29 July 2013

You can get a great view of faulting in an easily understood layout, plus some of the most spectacular pocket canyon scenery anywhere. For anyone even slightly interested in geology it's a must.

2  Thank Dave N
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

It's a 3 mile drive in on very rough road and then a 4 mile loop on a dirt road around the basin. Luckily, the road is one way so you don't have to worry about oncoming traffic. The scenery is gorgeous! I went when it was 108 degrees, so getting out of the car to take photos and hopping back in was all I could take.. If you mind the heat, go in the fall or the winter.

5  Thank TartyShots
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Really worth the visit, it only takes a couple hours to go, do the loop and be ready to move on, and it is really really a unique view and a very special sight. Basically, you loop around inside your car, not sure it makes any sense to stop. I could not go at the best hours (early morning or late afternoon) and still found it worth the while. Very recommended if you have the time.

7  Thank ConnieT1970
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

A bit of Death Valley's Artist's Palette that is much closer. The dirt roads can be driven in any passenger car.

5  Thank Ron D
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Easy to get to from Barstow and a wonder to see. Why is this place here. Amazing really. We drove through on Saturday and had to go back on Sunday for more. We hiked through the hills and washes in Rainbow basin. It was a fun geologic adventure.

2  Thank Bobby O
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