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