Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range. Each tributary canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors. Historically, the area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains and other evidence of their inhabitation. The spectacular gash situated at the western edge of the El Paso mountain range was on the Native American trade route for thousands of years. During the early 1870s, the colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. About 1850, it was used by the footsore survivors of the famous Death Valley trek including members of the Arcane and Bennett families along with some of the Illinois Jayhawkers. The park now protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations, and has been the site for a number of movies. After wet winters, the park's floral displays are stunning. This winter was very dry so the wildflowers should be sparse this year, but the beauty of the desert, combined with the geologic features make this park a camper's favorite destination. Wildlife you may encounter includes roadrunners, hawks, lizards, mice and squirrels. The park is open sunrise-sunset for Day-Use. The campground is open 24-hours.

This was my first time and I really loved this moderate hike! Great climb straight up if you take the adjacent smaller trail instead of the main trail!

Absolutely gorgeous and it felt like I truly worked out. Heart rate monitor stayed at 165bpm! Willl be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Different terrain than other hikes in the area. Great views also! Steep trails, but all on a wide dirt road.

Go early and/or on a cool day. There is no shade on this hike. Both our dogs got overheated, so we had to turn back about 2.5 miles in. We want to go back. Our dogs do not.

Was nice but raining and slippery

hiking
6 months ago

Took the dirt road till it ended at the trailhead. There's a $5 fee you place in a envelope and receipt you place on your dash. Continue up the trailhead only a few minutes to get to the main rock formations you can climb all over. If you head up the slanted rock face you can make it to the top and have a great photo opportunity. I opted to continue up to Calabasas Peak, where there are 360 degree views. Only one water fountain shortly into the hike so be sure to take enough because it is all incline. Half way up you hit the Stunt road/Calabasas Peak junction where there is a bench to sit and relax before the last push uphill. Not too strenuous but still a nice workout for the beginners. Pass the x in the ground, boulder in the middle of the trail and keep going! Eventually you reach a point where there are two trails to the peak approximately 100 feet up. I passed the first trail because it's not easily marked but if you pass it there's another one around the other side more easily identified. There's a ammo box with notes from other travelers, and some emergency supplies should you need it. Enjoy and take in the scenery, you can see the ocean in one side and on my hike I could see snow capped mountains off in the distance on the other. Overall, great workout. I included pics in my review to hopefully help ya out! Stay safe and enjoy fellow explorers!

hiking
9 months ago

This was beyond our expectations, the rock formations were a huge surprise as we hadn't read about the trail ahead of time. The only way I can describe this hike was that it made us feel like we were on another planet or in a different country. Such a gorgeous trail, many views to admire and take in. Can't wait to go back and take our time with the next visit.

There is a $5 parking fee, but keep in mind folks it's to help maintain the park and in my opinion to keep a place like this available to the public... that fee is totally worth it.

trail running
10 months ago

on Red Rock Canyon Trail

Friday, July 01, 2016

Koda came with and had heat stroke.. We want to go back.. Didn't get very far.