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Red Rock Canyon State Park

Highway 14, Cantil, California 93519 USA

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“beautiful rock formations in all directions”

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. Each tributary canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors.  Historically, the area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians, who left petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains and other evidence of their inhabitation. The spectacular gash situated at the western edge of the El Paso mountain range was on the Native American trade route for thousands of years. During the early 1870s, the colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. About 1850, it was used by the footsore survivors of the famous Death Valley trek including members of the Arcane and Bennett families along with some of the Illinois Jayhawkers. The park now protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations, and has been the site for a number of movies.

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Kurt Lundquist

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March 03, 2015

Totally Awesome Park! Camping is at Ricardo Campground. Spots backed up to the cliffs. Spent the whole day climbing on, thru and to the top of the cliffs right behind my camping spot. No showers and pit toilets, but so worth the staying at!

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January 08, 2019
Rated 4.0

Very nice place to make a stop on your way and go on a short hike, climb some rocks

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Red Rock Canyon State Park

Highway 14
Cantil, California
93519 USA

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