Molossian Institute of Volcanology

Fossil Falls is the geologic remnant of a water fall created when lava poured into the Owens River channel some 20,000 years ago. Over time, as the Owens River forced its way through this lava barrier, the waters' erosional forces carved the lava into the series of smooth, rounded features visible today.

DIRECTIONS: 45 minutes north of the city of Ridgecrest on the east side of US 395. Take the Cinder Road exit. The 400 meter (.25 mile) trail begins in the parking area. The trail leads to the edge of a sculpted and polished 12 meter (40 foot) dry waterfall.

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