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Red Rock Canyon State Park is known for its spectacular rock formations. The park can be found where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada connect to the El Paso Range. This about 120 miles north of Los Angeles via Interstate 5. The park is well worth a visit for the scenic desert cliffs, buttes, vivid colors, and the petroglyphs left by the Kawaiisu Indians. The Native American history in the park is extensive. A spectacular gash that can be found in the El Paso mountain range was on the Native American trade route. During the mid to late 1800s, the colorful rock formations served as cairns for 20-mule team freight wagons. It was also along the route of the Death Valley trek that was undertaken by members of the Arcane and Bennett families and a few Illinois Jayhawkers. Due to the extensive history, the park features significant paleontology sites and remnants of late 1800's mining operations. After a good solid wet winter, the park's floral displays should not be missed. Wildlife you can see in this park include roadrunners, hawks, lizards, mice and squirrels. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Dogs must remain on a 6-foot maximum leash and be accompanied by a person at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the nature trails. The park is tucked between Mojave and Ridgecrest along Highway 14. Some of the red sandstone cliffs are visible from the highway, but these glimpses do not fully do justice, and it is worth a full trip. The park has campgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking trails in addition to a visitor center and pit toilets. This is a fee area requiring payments. Hours: sunrise to sunset

1 month ago

Another short easy hike that can be combined into a longer hike if desired.  Fun little hike that has a little elevation gain so you can get a better view of the park and scenery.  Recommend this trail and about 45 minutes to complete or longer if you want to combine with another trail.

This is a unique place for photos which is off the "trail".  There is a trail to the right of the cliffs but it seemed like a long trail despite the literature saying it was only 1 mile roundtrip.  Since the birds of prey were breeding I was a little hesistant to walk too far since the trail also combines into Nightmare Gulch.

Not worth a special trip but worth stopping to see if you are in the area. lots of good photo opportunuties. The Hagen Trail is also half a mile down the road on the other side.

2 months ago

This was a great trail. Tons to see here. Lots of land to cover. Brought the dogs. They loved it.

Trail was not marked. Not a problem except for the crossing and parallel trails. Ended up off course when the phone kept losing service and putting us farther off course. Standing water in Black Rock Canyon drew dozens of bees in and they won.

Made it out to the same spot in a FWD crv fun ride great scenery definitely need a higher clearance for the hill down after this.

Completed this in a FWD crv. Fun ride out lots of great scenery.

on Last Chance Canyon

off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail! Mostly a rocky wash, with a few steep outcrops to climb. Great geology to see. Ran the trail in a 4th gen 4Runner with 3-inch lift and 33" AT tires, no issues. I would not recommend in a stock height 4x4, you'll take a beating.

off road driving
5 months ago

It's fine but not worth a special trip. A fun stop-off as you head elsewhere.

off road driving
5 months ago

Has some more difficult sections that you don't have to take. A fun day out from LA
Watch out for turtles and give them the road.

off road driving
5 months ago

Been here twice, the first time from highway 14 and the other from the 395. The route from the 395 was much more intensive than from the 14, but made it up in a stock '03 RWD 4Runner. I would recommend 4x4 or at least a locking rear diff if coming from the 395. Your mom's Camry won't make it either way.

The tunnel itself is pretty bizarre, definitely worth seeing. Bring a flashlight, as it gets pitch dark in there.

Hiked this hike today the whole loop. Lucky to hike it a week after a big rain as the trail in the canyon was firm to walk on and not soft sand as other people mentioned. We hiked counter clock wise. We went up through the canyon first and that was my favorite part of the hike. The second half on top of the ridge was picturesque but hotter and the trail was very hard to follow. Thank goodness I downloaded the map on the app and had a back up battery for my phone because I needed directions on the ridge park of the trail. We went back and forth between the jeep trail and the ridge trail. All in all I enjoyed the hike. I wish the trail on the ridge was better marked.

Says here that this trail is accessible year round; however, today when we went there there were large rocks on the ground that were blocking the entrance to vehicle traffic.

Loved, loved this hike. The first 3 1/2 miles or so are rather boring and made me wonder if we were on the correct trail. We were. Once you get to the the beautiful sandstone rock formations with all the slot canyons you are in awe of it all. Make sure you pay attention to the dates and is closed 6 months of the year and is too hot for summer hiking.

6 months ago

Love this place. Remote area, no traffic, easy to hike. Recommend

Pretty nice and easy hike for the dog, he enjoyed jumping back and forth on rocks and the sand. Walking on sand is pretty boring and can be unpleasant - unfortunately a good chunk of this hike is on loose dirt.

off road driving
8 months ago

Lots of technical parts if you follow this route. Went in a raptor and needed a spotter and 4x4. Def easier in an ATV. Once you turn to go to tunnel it is easy going.

I did this hike counter clock wise , first went along the scenic canyon. At the beginning, there were nice rock formations, but later on, in my opinion - this walk along the canyon was monotonous and boring. Also , walking (or struggling to walk) on the sand is hard and the advancement is slow. The 2nd half of the trail, goes on a ridge - which, in my opinion, is much nicer. The views are good and in the end you reach a dry waterfall. The trail goes next to jeep roads , sometimes you use the jeep road to switch between ridges - but don't walk them for long. If you find yourself walking on jeep roads too long , then you made a mistake - look at the app and correct yourself back to the trail plan. The hike took me , in total about 4.5 hours , but I spent an additional hour on the last highest place on the ridge , to watch the sunset. All and all - it's an OK hike.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cool off road Terrain better to drive up north and come down south the drive is easy and clear for the most part will need 4x4 , the tunnel and camp are really cool just follow the road numbered 15 and you'll get to the tunnel

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Only hiked part of this trail since the canyon was closed for the raptors. Interesting desert hike but trail is not well marked. Definitely bring lots of water.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great little spot to stop at if it's to or from your destination. Decided to stop on our way home to LA and take in the beautiful cliffs w/ our mini dachshund.
Spent a couple hours walking, climbing and taking pictures before moving on.
Nice experience and another trail we can check off our list with our little hound pup. :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ok so this trail needs a real review as the skill level needed for this if driving a vehicle is seriously lacking. If trying to complete this in a 4x4 you will not make it. Part of it is closed to motorized vehicles from mile marker 6-8. The other issue is the amount of soft sand will be a real issue. Make sure you travel with another vehicle this is not a solo route. I would only recommend an OHV for this trail because on the return the route is very narrow with steep inclines that would challenge even a motorbike.

For the hiker this trail is very nice as it gradually increases in elevation gain. At mile 7 the incline rises very quickly and drops quickly presenting lots of PUDs (pointless ups and downs) until the end.

Lastly start this early or late do not attempt from 11-4 as this is a very hot trail with no shade no water. I even recommend 4 liters of water at a minimum.

I got off the trail early due to an injury.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Showed up at 5PM on a Friday (31MAR) and there were plenty of camping spots. The rangers use the "faith" system when paying for camping - there's a drop box for fees at the entrance. The camp site was quiet and the stars were so bright that I could see my shadow at night.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Beautiful and desolate. Bring a map--it's easy to wander off trail by following the wash or other lost hikers attempting to find the tunnel. Trail branches off into several other trails in a dozen places. There are now fences and signs blocking this trail in some parts. Flat in the beginning, but there's some pretty consistent hills and valleys on the way back. Once we found the way back, trail was clearly marked.

The tunnel was pretty cool--amazing how one person with limited tools accomplished all that. A lot of people rode ATVs or 4WDs to the tunnel, so it got a little crowded there.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Don't go Feb to July. They have it blocked off for Bird Nesting

on Red Cliffs Trail

Monday, January 30, 2017


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Great little hike. I started by heading south on the trail. at the southern point you have a great little vista view looking right at the main formations as you drive in. At the north point of the trail you will find several groupings of Joshua Trees. Form this side you can also walk up the back of the formations should you wish.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A 5 hour hike with beautiful rock formations in parts of the trail. Perfect for winter but would be way too hot other times of the year. A bit of easy rock climbing along the way. Some of the hiking is through soft sand. One long uphill climb. Trail is not clearly marked so come with a printed map since there is no cell service and your phone might not hold the charge for the whole route. We saw very few other people along the way so if you don't like crowds this is the trail for you!
Bring plenty of water and enjoy the scenery.

Monday, December 19, 2016

approximately 4 to 5 hours hike. first half in the Canyon is beautiful. The second half is less to see.

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