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Rainbow Basin Natural Area - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Fossil Bed Rd, Barstow, CA 92311, USA

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About Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Rainbow Basin is a geological formation in the Calico Peaks range, located approximately 8 miles north of Barstow in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino. It has been designated a National Natural Landmark and is in the Bureau of Land Management. The basin is notable for: the fantastic and beautiful shapes of its rock formations: its fossil beds, which have provided scientists with valuable information about life during the middle Miocene epoch.

Attractions Near Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Western America Railroad Museum
Western America Railroad Museum13.02km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

The Western America Railroad Museum is a fun visit if you are in Barstow. The Museum is dedicated to sharing the history of railroading in the Pacific Southwest. It features both indoor and outdoor displays and is popular with railroad enthusiasts. Indoor displays include timetables, uniforms and other railroad memorabilia. Several locomotives and rail cars are located outside.

Calico Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town17.62km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Calico is a ghost town and former mining town in San Bernardino county. it was founded in 1881 as a silver mining town, and today has been converted into a county park named Calico Ghost Town.

Peggy Sue's 50's Diner
Peggy Sue's 50's Diner19.19km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Peggy Sue's is an original roadside Diner, built in 1954 with 9 counter stools and 3 booths. It sets in on the shadow of the Calico Mountains and was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard.

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch
Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch46.17km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch is a landmark on the former Route 66 at Oro Grande. The large-scale sculptures - installation of bottle-tipped metal scaffolding - erected here on private property is referred to as folk art. The facility is a "historical landmark" known far beyond the region. It addresses the resource consumption of the throw-away society .

Trona Pinnacles
Trona Pinnacles72.86km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

The Trona Pinnacles are a unique geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. The Trona Pinnacles were designated a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1968 to preserve one of North America’s most outstanding examples of tufa tower formation.

Deep Creek Hot Springs
Deep Creek Hot Springs76.94km from Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Deep Creek Hot Springs are natural hot springs located in the northern Mojave Desert . They are in a large bouldered riparian zone, surrounded by a rich habitat ecotone of the xeric shrublands.

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