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Trona Pinnacles

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Address: off SR 178, Trona, CA 93555
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Something Very Different in the Mojave Desert

The Trona Pinnacles are a geologic formation called Tufas, very similar to those in Mona Lake without the lake. The nearby town of Trona is a sparsely populated mining town. The... read more

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Trona Pinnacles are a geologic formation called Tufas, very similar to those in Mona Lake without the lake. The nearby town of Trona is a sparsely populated mining town. The Pinnacles themselves are accessed by a bumpy dirt road. In winter and early spring the temperatures are relatively comfortable compared to summer when 125 Degrees F would not be... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

True to southwest geology, another great monument worth a visit. The drive is bumpy, but only 15 minutes off the main road because it IS bumpy. However, the view is endless, so it's not like you can't see something during the drive. Just plan on driving slowly. When you reach the park plaques, you continue driving towards what looks like... More 

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Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

The Trona Pinnacles are unique mineral formations made when this area was completely under water and ancient warm springs deposited calcium carbonate as the warm mineral laden water came in contact with the colder water in the lake. The Trona Pinnacles are part of the California Desert National Conservation Area. The pinnacles vary in size and shape and some rise... More 

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fasteddy4646
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

It's like being on another planet. Now I understand why they make science fiction movies there. spent the weekend camping and riding around on four wheelers no hookups but a great place to dry camp

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Thank edheffner46
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

This is a unique attraction, pinnacles millenia in the making from an ancient lake. This area has been used in many productions including Lost in Space, Planet of the Apes, and Star Trek 5. Many people camp out here overnight, and I suspect the night sky is awesome here. However, keep in mind that the route there is 6 miles... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We opted to take the five-mile dirt road sidetrip to visit the Trona Pinnacles, and were glad we did. These are old tufa towers, formed at the bottom of a long-dried lake. We have a 2WD SUV and had no problem with the main road to get there. However, some of the more distant pinnacles required 4WD. The tallest pinnacle... More 

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Camarillo, California
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

We had seen signs off the highway in the past for the Trona Pinnacles, and kinda wondered what they were, but since we were never going that way, we never checked them out. On this road trip, since we'd be leaving Death Valley via the north entry and coming south, the Pinnacles were convenient. The road was a bit crazy,... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

If you love geologic oddities, the Trona Pinnacles are for you. If you're a person of a certain age, they'll look oddly familiar -- maybe an old episode of "Lost in Space"? You can take a fun walk through and around them. Bring plenty of water. Sometimes you'll find desert wildflowers. Bring good shoes. The only negative is that this... More 

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Lomita, California
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

The Pinnacles is well worth the 9 miles of dirt road to get out to them. The road may be closed after a heavy rain though. There are some sigh boards along the way out to the Pinnacles explaining how they were created and the history of them. We did a loop drive around the pinnacles that was very interesting.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

The place is fascinating, especially when you start locating where various movies and TV shows were filmed - like Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Battlestar Galactica, and Planet of the Apes. The drive is about 5 miles over a road that anyone can make if you don't try and hot rod it. Once there, there are lots of Pinnacles... More 

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