Introducing Trona Pinnacles
What do the movies Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Planet of the Apes have in common? Answer: they were all filmed at Trona Pinnacles, an awesome national natural landmark where tufa spires rise out of an ancient lakebed in alien fashion. Look for the turnoff from Rte 178, about 18 miles east of Ridgecrest. From there it’s another 5 miles south along a rutted dirt road to the scenic driving loop and short walking trails. Free primitive campsites are available.