Experience tall pillars of rock emerging from an endless barren wasteland, as far as the eye can see. This otherworldly scene may look straight out of a science fiction movie, but is actually smack dab in the middle of the California desert. Its unique landscape makes for a popular filming location for many professional productions, including Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.
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N35° 37' 07.3992"W117° 22' 02.7012"
This image of the Trona Pinnacles was taken with a drone. Trona Pinnacles is about 3 hours North of Los Angeles, and 1.5 hours south of Death Valley National Park.
You can easily reach the Trona Pinnacles by car — just be aware that from land you won't be able to achieve that same bird's eye view of the landscape.
By car, insert the Trona Pinnacles GPS into your mobile device or vehicle (35.617733, -117.368080). You can park your car alongside the road and then hike around the pinnacles to get an east-facing view that's taken from a slightly-elevated perspective.
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