Ricardo Campground

EASY 3 reviews

Ricardo Campground is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cantil, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
78 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




2 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.

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.

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.