Rainbow Basin Natural Area is located 8 miles north of Barstow, California, off Irwin Road (not Fort Irwin Road). The main access route is Fossil Bed Road. Rainbow Basin is designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern due to landscape features and resources in the area.
Many visitors come to see exciting multi-colored rock formations and walk the scenic canyons. A variety of desert wildlife is found here, including the desert tortoise. Vehicle trespass is a major concern, so all routes not signed as "open" are CLOSED to vehicles.
The park offers visitors an opportunity to share in its rich history and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding desert environment. Along with its history and attractions, Calico Ghost Town has shops,restaurants and offers camping and outdoor recreation not available at most of our other park facilities.
Also known as the Barstow Harvey House and Rail Depot, the home of the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the Western America Railroad Museum and the Route 66 Mother Road Museum! We’re proud to be here in the midst of this wonderful piece history of not only our town, but America’s railroad history.
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