Ricardo Campground

Mojave, California

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Once the location of Gold Rush prospecting and the backdrop for Hollywood movies, Red Rock Canyon State Park now preserves a dramatic desert landscape. Softly colored green, brown, peach, red, and white folded sandstone rock formations, sculpted by earthquakes and wind- and rain-weathering, tower above the desert floor. The park is bisected by a highway, and most people just get a glimpse of the cliffs from their moving vehicles. Although the desert seems drab and barren at 65 miles per hour, when you stop and slowly take it all in, the desert comes alive with fascinating geology, plant life, and animals. In the desert, there is little privacy between campsites, but at Red Rock, Joshua trees, creosote shrubs, a variety of cacti, and the sandstone formations do provide some landscape buffering.
The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

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The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California

by Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai (Menasha Ridge Press)

Once the location of Gold Rush prospecting and the backdrop for Hollywood movies, Red Rock Canyon State Park now preserves a dramatic desert landscape. Softly colored green, brown, peach, red, and white folded sandstone rock formations, sculpted by earthquakes and wind- and rain-weathering, tower above the desert floor. The park is bisected by a highway, and most people just get a glimpse of the cliffs from their moving vehicles. Although the desert seems drab and barren at 65 miles per hour, when you stop and slowly take it all in, the desert comes alive with fascinating geology, plant life, and animals. In the desert, there is little privacy between campsites, but at Red Rock, Joshua trees, creosote shrubs, a variety of cacti, and the sandstone formations do provide some landscape buffering.

©  Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Mojave
Campsites: 50 sites
Season: Open Year-Round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Red Rock Canyon State Park
Topo Map: Ricardo Campground Topographic Map
Guide Book: The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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