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Trona Pinnacles, Trona

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Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
The Trona Pinnacles are an unusual geological feature in the California Desert National Conservation Area. The 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 ft (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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  • The Pinnacles are Tufa formations that formed at the bottom of an ancient lake. The road in is bumpy but no problem for 2wd vehicles with average clearance. Rail cars you may see belong to a working.....  more »
  • We made the stop at the Pinnacles en route to Death Valley. The 5 mile drive in from the main road is easy, even for a family sedan; My Mazda SUV did just fine on the road and climbing around the...  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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