Trona Pinnacles, Trona

#9 of 12 in Wildlife in California Desert
The Trona Pinnacles are an unusual geological feature in the California Desert National Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires (porous rock formed as a deposit when springs interact with other bodies of water), some as high as 140 feet (43 m), rising from the bed of the Searles Lake (dry) basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa). They now sit isolated and slowly crumbling away near the south end of the valley, surrounded by many square miles of flat, dried mud and with stark mountain ranges at either side.
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  • If you are into photographing sunsets/sunrises than this place is a 10 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I do love this place. But during the day is nothing spectacular and every amazing picture and video...  more »
  • We visited Trona Pinnacles on the evening of the 30th of December. We made the 5 mile drive on the unsurfaced road in a Toyota Camry, and while it was a little slow in parts, it was an easy drive. We....  more »
  • Long ride out on a washboard road, but really worth the drive.
  • Beautiful place to go for a good morning

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