About: Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range.
The unique and colorful layers of white, pink, red, and brown cliffs grace both east and west sides of Highway 14. These fluted folds are the result of wind and rain eroding the softer materials beneath the dark caprocks, which were formed by a harder lava flow layer.
The colorful and scenic cliffs that comprise Red Rock Canyon State Park has been the location of many movies, videos and commercials, including Jurassic Park. In addition, the canyon is considered a wonderful classroom for the study of geology, paleontology and photography as well as an ideal place for family camping and exploration.
Fees: $10 (2012)
Closest Towns: Inyokern, Mojave
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Beautiful State Park full of Joshua Trees
I stayed here in early Feb and I was just one of three campers in the whole place. The campground is ringed with intricate canyon walls and the valley is full of Joshua trees. Very nice! This is one of the few campgrounds I have been too with open-air outhouses (no roofs). Expensive like all California state parks at $25 but still a nice place to spend some time.