Looking for a great trail in Red Rock Canyon State Park, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, off road driving 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 3,513 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery, easy hike. Easy to get to. Great for beginners.

hiking
3 months ago

You definitely are not making this in a 2wd vehicle any longer.... south end of the trail the road is washed out in about 19 different spots.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike beautiful views and lots of climbing and exploring.

Cool hike

camping
4 months ago

This is an Excellent campground.Clean and beautiful surroundings. Stayed in December arrived late in the night to clear brisk night with awesome sunrise revealing the mountains surrounding the campground . Only few campers so very quiet. Highly recommend!

off road driving
5 months ago

We love to come here! Great trail for new drivers but still fun for those experienced!

off road driving
5 months ago

We tried to ride through today on our motorcycles but it's closed from July 6th to February 15th and then it's only open to vehicles the second half of the month

off road driving
5 months ago

Rode up on my KTM 1290R I didn't take the exact route on the map I came in from the north Rt 86B from Ca14 it was a pretty fun track over there we walked through the tunnel out the other side had some lunch and headed out to Ransburg it was pretty cool to see definitely worth going

hiking
5 months ago

Nice views of the rocks, but you can still see the road while on a lot of the marked portion of the trail. However, there are opportunities to go off the beaten path, which is always a plus to me.

off road driving
6 months ago

The trail track does not take you to Burro Schmidt Tunnel.

hiking
7 months ago

Very hot in the summer and barely any shade but very pretty rocks.

hiking
10 months 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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2018

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.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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

off road driving
Monday, February 26, 2018

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
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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

off road driving
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

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
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, November 18, 2017

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
Sunday, October 29, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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.

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