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Trona Pinnacles, Trona

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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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  • Easy to get lost on the various dirt roads inside the Pinnacle area. Use a GPS to mark your exit going in so that you do not wander for some time trying to find your way out easily. Fount entrance.....  more
    Easy to get lost on the various dirt roads inside the Pinnacle area. Use a GPS to mark your exit going in so that you do not wander for some time trying to find your way out easily. Fount entrance.....  more »
  • This is a great place to escape to if you want a unique desert experience. The spires also called Tufas give the area an out of this world scene. At night, it is one of the best places to see the... 
    This is a great place to escape to if you want a unique desert experience. The spires also called Tufas give the area an out of this world scene. At night, it is one of the best places to see the...  more »
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  • Pharbs rise!
  • Unique place to visit with hiking, biking, and offroading. Windy but well worth the visit. Several movies filmed in this area as well.

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