Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Barstow

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  • Beautiful place located in the Mojave desert, very suggestive, it seems to be into a lunar landscape.  more »
  • Very nice golf course in the middle of the desert with a circuit very well laid out to do in the car. See the different layer of rocks that form a very beautiful to see circus.
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  • It is a must the road in the desert and the scenic road was worth the detour the off roads are amazing||  more »
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  • Similar to the Artist's Palette scenic drive in Death Valley but not as vibrant but also not as crowded. A great pit stop location about 20 minutes off the highway. There is about 3 miles of washboard sort road to reach the main scenic drive. The road was a little narrow at times but my large truck was able to make it through.
  • Definitely worth a drive through, especially since it’s not far off the interstate. We swung by on our way from Lone Pine to Joshua Tree to break up the drive. It is similar to the Artist’s Palette in Death Valley. Don’t take RVs in here. You’ll get stuck!
  • Awesome place. Must experience it
  • Fantastic geological formations and amazing view of the Rainbow Basin Syncline! You will need an SUV or a four wheel drive to get through the scenic drive that crosses the area and displays rock formations. DO NOT MISTAKE THE ACTUAL GEOLOGICAL SITE (NORTH OF BARSTOW) WITH THE OFFICE OF THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 15). Previous Google Maps could be misleading. The site would benefit from more maintenance to the access road and panels to explain the peculiar shape and colors of the rocks.
  • Interesting place
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