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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.

Easy little loop, but beautiful. It’s fun to explore the area off trail.

off road driving
24 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy find and plenty of parking.
Leisurely trail with some nice rock formations.

off road driving
1 month ago

off road driving
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

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

Easy to get to and great for kids!

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.

hiking
5 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Some really cool formations off small spurs of the trail, interesting area of the desert to walk around in. Absolutely no shade, so beware in summer months.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago