Plus: Geologic sightseeing
Location: 20 miles east of Ridgecrest, California.
The Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique 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 Dry Lake basin. The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and squat to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa). The Trona Pinnacles have been featured in many commercials, films, and still-photo shoots.
From Ridgecrest, travel 20 miles east on State Highway 178 to its intersection with Trona-Red Mountain Road. Continue east on Highway 178 for 7.7 miles, and access the site by a dirt road leading off Highway 178 to the south.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Visitors are urged to remain on designated routes or trails.
Camping and Lodging
Primitive camping is permitted; there are no developed sites. Lodging is available in Ridgecrest.
Food and Supplies
Food and supplies are available in Ridgecrest.
The nearest hospital or place for other assistance is Ridgecrest.
Know before you go
The site is open year-round; the best times to visit are fall, winter and early spring. Sturdy hiking or walking shoes are recommended - tufa cuts like coral. The dirt access road is usually accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles. Following a rain, however, the road may be impassable to all vehicles, including by four-wheel-drive vehicles.
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Land Management
Ridgecrest Field Office
300 S. Richmond Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone: (760) 384-5400
Fax: (760) 384-5499
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