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Exploring Trona Pinnacles

Originally added by Sal Cavazos

For the "other-worldly" experience, Trona Pinnacles is a must see. It's no wonder this place has been used to film many Sci-Fi movies. Giant tufas surround you in this eerie yet peaceful location where they turn into towering silhouettes draped in a background of billions of stars.

From the drive in to the drive out, bone-chilling and awe-inspiring landscape as far as the eye can see. Caterpillars, spiders and the "company providing" sound of an owl will help you feel right at home in an otherwise "other-worldly" location. Terrain is rough as these giants were formed from calcium and alkaline thousands of years ago. Four-wheel drive is suggested but not required. Dress appropriate for the seasons. Beware of summer days as it can reach 115-120 degrees. Camping here is free and easy as it is BLM land. 

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Chillin
Camping
Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Alien and surreal

One of the most drop-dead alien and surreal landscapes I have ever visited. A total delight to explore and camp at!

This place is awesome and out of this world

We only spent a couple of hours here but I would definitely come back to camp over night and stargaze. The roc formations are amazing and all the little nooks and crannies you could explore is kind of overwhelming. Never the less this is somewhere everyone should check out at least once

Great Fall Roadtrip Stop

Spent a few hours at the pinnacle this week. We had the place to ourselves mid-week. October seems to be a great time to visit (mid-October, in particular) as the weather was great. It really did feel like we were on another planet. Recommend an SUV or AWD vehicle-probably would have been fine in a "regular" car, but nice not to have to worry. I hear that in the beginning of the month the "Trona smell" is stronger because the factory up the road is in full swing...

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