The Mojave Desert Sights



Red Rock Canyon State Park

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A geological feast for the eyes with its layers of pink, white, red, and brown rock, this remote canyon is also a region of fascinating biological diversity—the ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, and the Basin Range all converge here. Entering the park from the south just beyond Red Rock–Randsburg Road, you pass through a steep-walled gorge to a wide bowl tinted pink by volcanic ash. Native Americans known as the Old People lived here some 20,000 years ago; later, Mojave Indians roamed the land for centuries. Gold-rush fever hit the region in the mid-1800s, and you can still see remains of mining operations in the park. In the 20th century, Hollywood invaded the canyon, shooting westerns, TV shows, commercials, music videos, and movies such as Jurassic Park here. Be sure to check out the Red Cliffs Preserve on Highway 14, across from the entrance to the Red Rock campground.

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  • Address: Ranger station, Abbott Dr., off Hwy. 14 CA 93519 | Map It
  • Phone: 661/946–6092
  • Cost: $6 per vehicle
  • Hours: Daily sunrise–sunset visitor center open mid-March–early June and early Sept.–Nov., Fri.–Sun.
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  • Location: Red Rock Canyon State Park
Updated: 01-30-2013

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    in vegas and looking for something different

    Visited Red rock on a trip to vegas. For anyone in vegas looking to breakup some of the gambling or boozing this is the place. It's very easy to get to and quite enjoyable. We drove and got out for short walks due to the heat.

    by chipmonkee, 11/17/08

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