State: Southern California
Address 1: 2601 Barstow Road
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 31
Tents Allowed: Yes
About: Rainbow Basin has a diverse landscape of hills, canyons and washes. Multicolored rock walls and mesas are accented by changing light conditions, making for many photographic opportunities. The washes are good hiking trails for experiencing the area’s natural beauty. Wildlife viewing is best during early morning and evening hours. In Fossil, Coon, and Owl Canyons, birds tend to gather in thick vegetation. Vegetation is critical for wildlife water, food, and shelter. Washs in Rainbow Basin have been closed to vehicle travel to protect these areas.
Directions: Rainbow Basin Natural Area is located 8 miles north of Barstow, California, off Irwin Road (not Fort Irwin Road).
Note: Due to recent vandalism to the potable water tanks, there is no water available in Owl Canyon Campground.