Red Rock Canyon State Park

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About Red Rock Canyon State Park

Not to be confused with the kajillion other “Red Rock” parks that are scattered across the US, the geological freakshow that is Red Rock Canyon State Park covers a modest 27,000 acres with less-than-modest, grandiose, and dramatically sculpted and colored cliffs and rock formations. Complete with two nature preserves, as well as beautiful stargazing, hiking, and climbing opportunities, Red Rock Canyon State Park is a gem at the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevadas. If the majestic and resplendent natural architecture isn’t enough to woo you, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to step on the same ground as Beyoncé from Destiny Child’s 2005 filming of Cater 2 U or Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park...but hey, the nature is pretty cool too.

Campgrounds in Red Rock Canyon

Ricardo Campground

1. Ricardo Campground

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While in the Ricardo campground, surrounded by the melted-layer-cake walls of the sandstone, it feels like you aren’t even on the same planet....

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Rob: Used often as a one-night layover, this park is actually worth exploring. It's a great hiking area, with some slot-like...
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Hipcamper Rob

Used often as a one-night layover, this park is actually worth exploring. It's a great hiking area, with some slot-like canyons, fossils, and great spring flowers. And the setting for hundreds of old movies.

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The nearest significant town is 25 miles off, so light pollution isn’t a thing. Take advantage of the solitude and kick back for some mind-expanding stargazing.

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Hipcamper Kelsey

This is one of my favorite sites 2 hrs outside of LA!
Close enough so it's easy to convince friends to join for the weekend :)
It's so great for exploring. Lots of caves to wander into, and such crazy formations.

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Head out during the spring season to witness the beauty that is the Californian desert wildflowers, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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What are deserts famous for? A lot, but what we are hinting at is HEAT. It gets real hot, so be sure to bring double the amount of water you were originally thinking of bringing.

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Depending on the season, watch for traffic (on the trails, that is). People love to use OHV’s at Red Rock Canyon, so keep an eye out to make sure you don’t get run over.

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Bring food! There aren’t many places around to eat, so be sure to come stocked with good ol’ food n’ water to get you through the night.

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While we stress the heat, deserts also get real chilly come sundown, so be sure to bring extra layers for the temperature fluctuations!

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Hipcamper Michael

Unfortunately with the military bases nearby, southern looking star gazing is washed out in the glowing haze. It's a typically quiet campground close to Los Angeles, that offers a great run of OHV trails. Avoid Joshua Tree crowds, and spend a night here during the spring.

Hipcamper tim

Found this place on Hipcamp when driving from Yosemite toward Death Valley. Perfect one-night stopover spot. Camp Sstes are nice (tho kinda close together), toilet was the cleanest I've ever used in a state park, and scenery is amazing. 👍👍

History of Red Rock Canyon State Park

Historically, the area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains and other evidence of their inhabitation. The spectacular gash situated at the western edge of the El Paso mountain range was on the Native American trade route for thousands of years. During the early 1870s, the colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. About 1850, it was used by the footsore survivors of the famous Death Valley trek including members of the Arcane and Bennett families along with some of the Illinois Jayhawkers. The park now protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations, and has been the site for a number of movies.