Trona, California: Trona Pinnacles

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Address:
Pinnacle Rd, Trona, CA
Directions:
From Ridgecrest, travel 20 miles east on State Highway 178 to its intersection with Trona-Red Mountain Road. Continue east on Highway 178 for 7.7 miles, and access the site by a dirt road leading off Highway 178 to the south -- drive several more miles south until you see the pinnacles.
Hours:
Daylight, and when it's dry. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
760-384-5400
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
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Trona Pinnacles.

Trona Pinnacles

Alien landscape of hundreds of spires and geologic oddities. A popular place to shoot movies and TV productions.

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Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

Giant "once under the deep ocean sculptures" are now visible to anybody willing to make the 5-10 mile drive into the unpaved desert side road. This drive is another adventure because you feel like you are driving on marshmallows -- and if you get out and walk, you will understand what I am talking about.

This is one of California's most unusual geological desert landscapes. You will think you are visiting Mars.

[MIkka, 03/28/2011]

Trona Pinnacles.

Trona Pinnacles

The Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa). The Trona Pinnacles have been featured in many commercials and movies. Caution - after rain, road may be impassable.

[Cynthia, 05/26/2005]

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