Owl Canyon Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Barstow, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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Directions from Barstow, CA: Rainbow Basin is located approximately 8 miles north of the town of Barstow off Irwin Road. The main access route is Fossil Bed Road.
A beautiful trail to go to in the late winter and spring. Lots of green and flowers, for the desert that is. Even had some running water which is rare. Trailhead starts right at the campground and there are a ton of options to break out and scale the sides of the canyon to get some great views.
Really cool spot, I wish it was much longer....
I've camped here twice within a few weeks of each trip. Some of the tent areas are okay but others are on a slope and with no wind protection. The area is a ton of fun for night hikes though. Five friends and I managed to hike to the edge of rainbow basin and back in just under an hour just after it got dark. I'd recommend this area for the hikes but not the camp ground.
Fabulous, 2 miles of a lit bit of Zion Nat'l. WE saw two tortoises and explored a cool cave. Going back to do two slot canyons. This is best done in the fall. Make sure you take walking sticks, alot of climbing and classv 3 caving.