Description

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. Tucked up against the base of these dramatic cliffs, Ricardo campground boasts 50 sites with most of the average amenities of a campsite (water, toilets, fire rings, tables). The space is first-come first-serve and definitely fills up on Continue reading...
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. Tucked up against the base of these dramatic cliffs, Ricardo campground boasts 50 sites with most of the average amenities of a campsite (water, toilets, fire rings, tables). The space is first-come first-serve and definitely fills up on weekends in the spring/fall seasons, so we recommend arriving on a Thursday evening. It is the only overnight spot in the park and is particularly amazing due to its proximity to the towering cliffs. While you’re there, though, try to not speculate about what could be lurking within the folds of the surrounding rocks, as the desert holds its own mystical secrets...
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
50
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
No picnic table
No RV hookup
Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV
Climbing
Wildlife watching
Boating
Fishing
Paddling
Wind sports
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Rob
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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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Hipcamper Kelsey
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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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Hipcamper tim
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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. 👍👍

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Hipcamper Ann Marie
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This campground was amazing and will hold lasting memories for us. The way the sites back up to their own private rock formations make the spots seem intimate. Hiking though the area is nice and offers a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Hipcamper Audrey
No recommendation provided

I camped at Ricardo Campground just recently during the winter. I went on a Sunday and stayed there for 3 days. No one was really there except for 2 other groups. The campground wasn’t difficult to find and there are a lot of campsites to choose from. It’s very peaceful and the hikes weren’t that long. The best part of the campground is that it’s really close to a lot of the trails and you can go off trail if you want to.

The weather was nice when I went but temperatures dropped to about 15F at night. So it’s best to bring comfy gear when you go camping. Also, it’s really dusty due to it being in the desert so make sure you bring a lot of wipes or thing to keep you clean if you don’t like the dust.

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Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(661) 946-6092
Directions
View on Google Maps
Official Website
View Website
Coordinates
35.371° N, 117.995° W
$25/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 50 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)