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#61 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park ranging from 1.5 to 13.9 miles and from 1,998 to 4,196 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park
Park information
Acreage:
27000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
661-946-6092
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Red Cliffs Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m
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#2 - Nightmare Gulch Loop Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
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#3 - Last Chance Canyon OHV Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 13.9 mi
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#4 - Burro Schmidt's Tunnel
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
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#5 - Ricardo Campground
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 37 m
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#6 - Nightmare Gulch Overlook Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
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#7 - Ricardo Camp South Loop Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 51 m
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#8 - Last Chance Canyon to Mesquite Canyon Road OHV Route
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 11.6 mi
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#9 - Opal Canyon OHV Trail
Red Rock Canyon State Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 3 h 59 m
UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This park is temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandShow more