Owl Canyon Trail is a 3.3 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
472 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

hiking
20 days ago

This hike is a geology geek’s dream; there is so much to see!

2 months ago

Nice trail. Highlight is a cave (need headlight!). Ended up at a dead end for me as a solo hiker, as a team you could probably keep going even deeper into the canyon.

hiking
4 months ago

car got swarmed by bees before we could even hike.. they were trying to get in, and followed the car as we were leaving. not just one or two bees like 10-15..

hiking
5 months ago

It was a great hiking trail but about a mile or so in it began to get more difficult. We climbed a lot of rocks and slid down some on the way back. There were a couple of bees that kept following us but we ignored them and they left us alone. Overall, it was a great hiking experience.

off road driving
8 months ago

Should be relabeled under hiking not an actual 4x4 trail

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike even for dogs. Stay in the dry creek and don’t take the trail right at the beginning. We did and had to climb down back in the canyon. Some climbing in the canyon where we had to help the dogs turned the hike to a little adventure. A harness for them was helpful. Out if the canyon we went a loop in the hills to watch the scenic view back to Barstow. There was no clear way but easy to find one.

hiking
9 months ago

The end is just a suggestion... seriously keep going past the end and you will be rewarded with another mile of unbelievable canyoning through a much more vibrantly colorful and ruggedly beautiful terrain. The extended version of the standard trail is what earns this review 5 stars, if you are only going to go as far as the marked trail it is a solid 3.5 stars. #LiveLoveWanderTribe

hiking
11 months ago

This trail hike had beautiful scenery. After about a mile in it took a turn to more difficult, so it appeals to most skill levels. At this point some climbing was incorporated and caves were ready to be explored. My Husband and I did 4 miles and didn't finish. It looks like you could make an overnight or few day trip of it. It is located with a campground so bathrooms are available at the beginning of the trail and it was easy to find!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Blown away by the epic views and multiple playgrounds in camping area for the kiddos! Very large camp with good amount of privacy at each site.. a lot of bees buzzing around so if you have bee fears I'd stay away.. they are all friendly but defiantly join you at camp... hiking trail leaves from the back of the grounds

Friday, June 09, 2017

Could not even start trail; we got attacked by bees.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Really cool spot, I wish it was much longer....

camping
Monday, December 15, 2014

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.

hiking
Monday, October 22, 2012

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.

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