The Mojave Desert Sights

Red Rock Canyon State Park

  • 37749 Abbott Dr. Map It
  • Cantil
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

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 Kawaiisu 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 Ricardo Campground.

Sight Information


Visitor Center, 37749 Abbott Dr., off Hwy. 14, Cantil, California, 93519, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $6 per vehicle
  • Daily sunrise–sunset; visitor center open in spring and fall, dates vary

Published 11/12/2015


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