The Trona Pinnacles is one of the most unusual geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Lake. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa) that formed underwater. 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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Situated at the edge of the Mojave Desert and the toe of the Sierra Mountains, Ridgecrest is a great place to be if you love the outdoors.

There is no such thing as cabin fever in Ridgecrest.  In the winter when the snow is covering the higher elevations and the frozen north, vast expanses of open desert provide recreational opportunities for OHV enthusiasts, rock hounds, or people looking for a quiet wilderness experience (Death Valley National Park is just up the road). About The Ridgecrest Field Office

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Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 384-5400
Fax: (760) 384-5499
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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