Into the badlands

We took a brief side trip of about 1 hour to drive a scenic unpaved road through Rainbow National Park just outside Barstow, Ca.

The park looks to be serpentine soil (because of the green color), and although California has plants adapted to serpentine soils, they are probably not adapted to the heat of the Mojave as well.

The graded but unpaved road narrows to one lane in many places, but we managed it in a 2wd Toyota Rav4

Very little grows there.

There's lots of interesting strata exposed by the elements.

This last one is on the road into the monument

- Posted at great expense from my iPhone

1 comment:

  1. That third-to-the-bottom picture is my favorite - I love the variety of textures and shapes. Thanks for sharing the images of a place I have never seen and probably will never see.