Explore the most popular walking trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

30 days 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.

off road driving
3 months ago

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

off road driving
3 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.

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.

5 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.

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

We loved this trail! It was very hot and dry since it's the desert and the summer, however the formations and the views were incredible. There was only one other couple hiking the day we went and they were leaving just as we showed up which made for a relaxing and private hike to enjoy it all. It is dog friendly, which is awesome (yay!) however it is hot dry and hard on the feet with zero shade so it may not be for every dog, and for people and dogs alike bring plenty of water and energy drinks.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beautiful but hot. It is the desert I guess after all.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fun tunnel but a bit too short. Hit my head and fell a few times as I'm a tall guy. The view at the end when you exit is truly amazing. Probably best to come here with an ATV or OHV.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

walked around a bit and explored and sat around for the sunrise, was really beautiful

on Red Cliffs Trail

Monday, January 11, 2016

Yesterday morning, 01/09/2016 I decided to hike Red Rock Canyon State Park on the west side of SR14. I was the lone hike out there, visitor's centered closed but numerous campers and motor crossers. The hike to Whistler's Ridge and Peak was cool, easy and the terrain felt like hiking on foam after the El Nino rain weather. After hiking the Whistler's Ridge, I hiked to the middle top of Canyon Ridge which was cool but scary. I back tracked and veered to the left towards to bottom of the canyon and hike along the canyon floor to very west side of the canyon. Cool hike. I expect this place to be full of hikers, come spring and fall.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Short but sweet. You leave the loop drive of Ricardo Campground from its south end, climb along the ridge and, when in doubt, just keep going uphill. Quite steep near the top, but with spectacular views of the tilted layers that make up this part of the park. Bring water and a camera. On the way back down, you can drop into the upper part of Hagen Canyon to the south, and explore a landscape of badlands, hoodoos and castellation. Be careful if you head downstream in Hagen Canyon, though. There's a 50' dry waterfall at the bottom of a neat waterslide, and you wouldn't want to miss your turnaround point and keep on going over the edge!

on Ricardo Campground

Friday, September 18, 2015

For being right off of a major highway, this campground is pretty darned quiet. Classic desert state park campground, with vault toilets and water spigots here and there. Fires are permitted in fire rings, and there are some pull-through spots for RVs. Not much shade, unless you back up against a cliff, but there's plenty of scenic appeal, hiking trails, and a nearby OHV recreation area. There's a trail from the south end of the loop drive that goes up to the ridge top, with a nice view. You can also head down from a fork in the trail to explore Hagen Canyon, with its colorful displays of red sand-castles and hoodoos. Across the highway is the beautiful Scenic Cliffs area, and a mile further up a dirt road is Nightmare Gulch, all picturesque desert locations which you might recognize from some of the many movies that were filmed here.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I hiked from last chance canyon to the tunnel. Lots of hills. Lots of jeeps. Very exciting. The tunnel was shorter than I thought but still a tremendous feat for one man. Very jeep friendly area next time I will bring one.

on Red Cliffs Trail

scenic driving
Monday, June 09, 2014

Absolutely stunning. The campground is right on the rock face so the whole time you're surrounded by beauty! I call it the mini Grand Canyon!

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