The Mojave Desert Sights

Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark

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Published 11/12/2015

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Many science-fiction movies set on Mars have been filmed at this landmark 8 miles north of Barstow. Huge slabs of red, orange, white, and green stone tilt at crazy angles like ships about to capsize. Hike the washes, and you might see the fossilized remains of mastodons and bear-dogs, which roamed the basin up to 16 million years ago. At times, only 4-wheel-drive vehicles are permitted. If you have the time, park and hike.

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Fossil Bed Rd., 3 miles west of Fort Irwin Rd. (head north from (I–15), Barstow, California, 92311, United States



Published 11/12/2015


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