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Rainbow Basin Natural Area

Rainbow Basin is a geological formation in the Calico Peaks range, located approximately 8 miles (13 km) north of Barstow in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California.

The Rainbow Basin has been designated a National Natural Landmark and is in the Bureau of Land Management managed Rainbow Basin Natural Area. Rainbow Basin is a mixture of private and public land, but it is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. It is accessible to the public via Irwin Road from Barstow to an unpaved loop road through the colorful basin.

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, between 12 and 16 million years ago; and to the northeast the Calico Early Man Site.

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Nearby Locations:

Barstow Harvey House (9.2 miles)
Calico Ghost Town (10.9 miles)
Peggy Sue's 50's Diner (11.9 miles)
Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch (28.7 miles)
Mojave River Bridge (35 miles)
California Route 66 Museum (36.6 miles)
Deep Creek Hot Springs (47.8 miles)
Zzyzx, California (53.3 miles)
Mormon Rocks (55.5 miles)
Devil's Punchbowl (62.3 miles)
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Maps & Directions:

Get Driving Directions:
Rainbow Basin Natural Area, Fossil Bed Road
Barstow, California 92311

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