Rainbow Basin Natural Area49 Votes
- Address: Fossil Bed Rd, Barstow, CA 92311, USA, United States
- Phone: +1-7602526000
- Tags: Geological Formation, Landmark, Family And Kids, Nature
The San Bernardino County is blessed with the exquisite geological formation on the Calico Peaks range. The Rainbow Basin is located around 8 miles north of Barstow in Mojave Desert and has been designated a National Natural Landmark. It is a mixture of private and public land with extraordinary rock formations. Its fossil beds provide information about the life during the mid Miocene Epoch. The Basin lies above the massive Batholith formed from quartz monzonite. You will see sedimentary rocks composed of sandstone, siltstone, conglomerate and limestone are found in abundance. You can camp on the Canyon Campground nearby. Desert Tortoise and Vipers are common in this region. Fossils cannot be collected without permission as this is a geologically important area.
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Rainbow Basin Natural Area Reviews & Ratings
I would recommend using a 4WD or high clearance vehicle if you're going to take the dirt road loop! A car will not make it! It is also a little narrow in spots! Make sure to bring extra water the area is isolated and hot in the summer. It's well worth the trip,absolutely beautiful!
Great hiking moonscape windie
Rainbow Basin is beautiful & peaceful. A great place for a peace of mind & fresh air.
Beautiful. Will return.