Red Rock Canyon State
Park Part 2

General Information


Red Rock Canyon State Park is 120 miles north of Los Angeles, via Interstate 5 and Highway 14. It is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14. Near Cantil, signage indicating the turnoff is clearly visible on Highway 14. Highway 58 meets Highway 14 at Mojave making access to the park easy for those coming from the east.

Downloadable map
PDF file

If you're planning a trip out to Red Rock it's a good idea to check this space for severe weather forecasts. Red Rock's weather station is in Cantil Ca.

Find more about Weather in Cantil, CA
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For those supplies you may have forgotten to bring or maybe you are craving a great sandwich, the Jawbone Canyon Store is 20 miles north of Mojave — 10 miles south of the park. On some weekends they offer live entertainment.


The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

Operating Hours
The park is open sunrise-sunset for day-use. The campground is open 24-hours.

The Visitor Center is open Friday-Sunday; hours vary.

Guided nature hikes and campfire programs are offered during the spring and fall. For current event schedules, visit the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association Web site.

Currently there is no phone number directly to the park. For information call:
Mojave Sector Office

Camping in developed sites only in Ricardo Campground. The campground is tucked up against the base of dramatic desert cliffs, with 50 primitive campsites, potable water, pit toilets, fire rings, and tables. Bring your own firewood, or purchase it from a ranger or at the visitor center. There are no RV hook-ups or showers. A maximum of eight people is allowed per site (there are no group sites).

Camping is first-come, first served; there is no reservation system. The campground can fill up on weekends in the spring and fall, especially if the weather is nice or on holiday weekends, so arriving on a Thursday evening or Friday morning is recommended.

Camping is $25 per night per site, which includes parking for one vehicle per site, or $23 per night with seniors (62 years old or older). Additional vehicles are $6 each. There is a 30-foot maximum on RVs. Self-registration/payment is required before setting up camp or parking. Vehicles (including OHV) must be parked within the rock lined areas provided at each campsite. No horses or livestock allowed in the campground. Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am; generators must be off from 8 pm to 10 am.

The day-use parking area, open sunrise to sunset, is $6 per vehicle per day. Overnight parking in the day-use lot is not permitted.

Max Camper Length: 30 Feet
Max Trailer Length: 30 Feet

camp map
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Miles of trails meander through the dramatic landscape of the park, and hiking is an intimate way to experience the desert. Use desert safety precautions — bring twice as much water as you think you need, and layered clothing for sudden fluctuations in temperature.

Equestrian Use
Horses are allowed on all roads in the park, with the exception of seasonally closed areas. Horses are not allowed in the campgrounds, however equestrian day use out from the Red Cliffs parking area is still allowed, but no overnight camping.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation
All licensed vehicles (street legal and OHV with green stickers) may travel on the primitive (dirt) road system within the park. All drivers of vehicles (street legal and OHVs) within the park must be licensed, with the exception of Cantil Wash and the frontage road south of Cantil Wash, which are open to unlicensed operators of OHV green sticker vehicles when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please watch for Closed Route signs and check maps for open routes (please do not create new routes). Drinking and driving laws apply both on the paved and primitive dirt roads.

All plant, animal, natural and cultural features are protected. Collection is prohibited without a permit.

Bicycle riders must stay on all improved and primitive roads; off-roading is not allowed.

Shooting and hunting, or possession of firearms or any explosive device is not permitted.

Dogs must remain on a 6-foot maximum leash and be accompanied by a person at all times. Dogs are not allowed on established trails. They must be cleaned up after and cannot be left unattended.

Fires are only allowed in provided metal fire rings in the campground. Please do not make rock fire rings or import metal fire rings anywhere in the park.

*Nightmare Gulch Closed Feb-June
*Nightmare Gulch is closed or restricted seasonally for raptor species sustainability. *Nightmare Gulch is Closed to all vehicles until conditions improve.

*Open to pedestrians & equestrians only: July to January, first half of month


for more extensive information

Even MORE Information

If you are a fan of Red Rock, here are a couple other sites that have additional information:
Red Rock Interpretive Association
News, educational information and schedule of events and activities for Red Rock.

Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association - Mojave Desert - CA | Facebook
New Facebook page of the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association. Be sure to stop by and give the folks a "Like".

RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK - Camping in the California Desert
Alex Kahl's Web site about camping in Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock Canyon State Park
Official web site for CA State Parks

List of Movies and TV Series filmed in Red Rock Canyon
Blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, The Ten Commandments, Battlestar Galactica, Bonanza, and about 120 other titles have filmed on location at Red Rock Canyon.

Resources & Nearby Attractions


DesertUSA Trading Post
Ancient Artists of the Great Basin Desert
Petroglyphs of the Cosos
Coso Tour Guide's Virtual Tour

Paiutes of the Great Basin Desert

Cities & Towns

Mojave, California: 25 miles south.
Inyokern, California: 23 miles north.
Ridgecrest, California: 31 miles north.
Lancaster, California: 48 miles south.
Barstow, California: 88 miles east.
Lone Pine: 90 miles north.

Parks & Monuments

Saddleback Butte State Park: 65 miles south.
Death Valley National Park: 92 miles north east.
Sequoia National Park (Whitney Portal): 100 miles north.
Mojave National Preserve: 148 miles west.
Joshua Tree National Park:175 miles southeast.

Recreation & Wilderness Areas

Ripley Desert Woodland: 65 miles southwest.
Sequoia National Forest: 25 miles north.
California Poppy Preserve: 63 miles southwest.
Tehachapi Project: 50 miles southwest.

Historic & Points of Interest

Maturango Museum (Ridgecrest): 32 miles northeast.

United States Aviation Museum(Inyokern)
Antelope Valley Indian Museum(Lancaster): 55 miles south.
Randsburg Mining District(Randsburg): 20 miles east.

Pinnacles National Natural Landmark (Trona): 43 miles northeast.

Edwards Air Force Base (Mohave): 25 miles south.

Rainbow Basin National Natural Landmark (Barstow): 99 Miles east east.

Mount Whitney (Whitney Portal): 95 miles north.

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