Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark

Barstow, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 05/05/2019
5 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark
Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark, is an area of geo-formed badlands and folded differently colored strata which have been eroded into small ravines and pinnacles. The basin is found at the edge of hills, 8 miles north of Barstow in a part of the Mojave Desert, and the loneliness of the setting is quite striking with huge slabs of red, orange, white, and green stones tilting at crazy angles. The trail is a winding loop trail that takes one through the basin and provides wonderful views of the amazing rock formations.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead from Fossil Bed Road (0 mi)
Turn right here. This will take you to the entrance of the Rainbow Basin one-way loop road. Also, this leads to the Owl Canyon campground.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Barstow, California

From Irwin Road and Fossil Bed Road, drive northwest on Fossil Bed Road to the entrance to Rainbow Canyon.



Trail Reviews (4)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: I should specify. I did read the camping info above. Does dirt tracks mean, Fossil Rd, or any random dirt track? How far from the "tracks" can I set up camp? I don't want to be dusted too badly each time a driver passes by :)
–William Okura (02/12/2022)
Q: Is camping allowed in a "dispersed" format as well considering this general area is BLM?
–William Okura (02/12/2022)
–Clifford (Cliff) Bennett (02/14/2022)

Writer Information

Clifford (Cliff) Bennett

Mapping Crew - California

A native Californian that has extensively traveled the Pacific Southwest, and now retired from an Engineering career with much time to spend off road. I enjoy off road travel exploring, and camping. Because I have the luxury of spending my days as I want, I am most interested in traveling overland and camping in dispersed sites. One thing I like about TrialsOffroad is the vast information about trails I have not traveled, and, to be able to set up a base camp and visit the nearby published trails. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved; I look forward to meeting many of you on the Trail.
For individual use only, not to be shared.