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Numerous off road and hiking adventures await. Desert dirt roads lead to secluded canyons, springs, and historical cabins and mining operations. The Trona Pinnacles, located on the south side of town, are the biggest attraction around this North Mojave desert area. Death Valley National Park is nearby. Panamint Valley and Ballarat are pretty close, as well as Goler Wash and Barker Ranch (the Manson Cabin)
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elevation: 1675' population: 1,885 zip code: 93562


desert dry lake bed, with large mineral mining company

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San Bernardino County
SE of Ridgecrest
off Hwy 395, E on Trona Rd



  • off-roading
  • camping
  • mountain biking
  • rock hounding
  • stargazing
  • hiking
  • petroglyphs
  • Barker Ranch
  • Goler Wash
  • DVNP Charcoal Kilns
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Spangler Hills OHV
  • Trona Pinnacles
  • BLM Ridgecrest, CA
  • Maturango Museum Ridgecrest
  • Searles Lake
  • trona campgrounds

    Trona Pinnacles
    Valley Wells Recreation Area
    BLM Ridgecrest Camping
    Wildrose Campground
    Thorndike Campground
    Mahogany Flat Campground
    Panamint Valley
    Spangler Hills OHV Camps

    tent camping

    Dry lake bed in desert. Big factory. Star Trek 5, Tim Burton's Planet Of the Apes, and Disney's Dinosaur all contain scenes filmed at the Trona Pinnacles tufas

    nearby towns:
    Panamint Springs
    Randsburg [Ghost Town]
    Red Mountain
    Ballarat [Ghost Town]
    local links:

    Trona California

    Petroglphs Tour Ridgecrest
    Searles Valley Minerals, Inc
    Trona Pinnacles Photos
    Just Add Water DVD
    Trona History

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