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The Visitor Center is open seven days a week. 

This is subject to change on rare occasion due to unforeseen circumstances.

OVERNIGHT CAMPING IS OPEN with first come first served

Be sure to come as early as possible to ensure availability.

Welcome to one of California’s best kept secrets, Red Rock Canyon State Park, located 125 miles North of Los Angeles, and 25 miles North of Mojave, in California’s Mojave Desert.

Red Rock is 27,000 of the most unique and awe-inspiring scenic acres that elicits a sense of wonder in all who come to visit. We hope you will come to visit the park for yourself and experience the majesty of Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Ricardo Campground Map PDF

MAILING ADDRESS

Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association
P.O. Box 2406
Tehachapi, CA 93581

DIRECTIONS

Directions From L.A. and Points South

  • The park is 120 miles north of Los Angeles, via Interstate 5 and Highway 14
  • Take I-5 North
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 162 to merge onto CA-14 N toward Palmdale Lancaster
  • Continue on Highway 14/Midland Trail (25 miles northeast of Mojave)
  • After entering Red Rock Canyon State Park you will see large Red Cliffs on Right hand side of Road
  • Stay in left hand lane
  • Turn left onto Abbott Drive
  • Go west 1/4 mile on Abbott Drive to Visitor Center and Ricardo Campground

Directions From Sacramento and Points North

  • The park 357 miles south of Sacramento, via CA-99, CA-58 E, and the HWY 14/Midland Trail
  • Follow the CA 99, to the CA 58 E. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Stockdale Highway/Mojave/Tehachapi
  • Take exit 167 for CA-14 toward Bishop/Mojave. Turn left onto CA-14 N/Midland Trail.
  • After entering Red Rock Canyon State Park you will see large Red Cliffs on Right hand side of Road
  • Stay in Left hand lane
  • Turn left onto Abbott Drive
  • Go west 1/4 mile on Abbott Drive to Visitor Center and Ricardo Campgroun

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CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!

Red Rock was voted one of the top ten State Parks in the United States in the USA Today Top 10 Best Readers Choice Contest.  

We want to thank all of you for voting and for all of your support.  It is indeed an honor to be voted in as one of the Best State Park for RVing/Camping in 2023.

Photo Credit: G. Theotig

 The wildflower display this spring at Red Rock brought a large influx of welcome visitors who came out to view the spectacular bloom.  We hope that they will continue to come to Red Rock  throughout the fall and summer, and enjoy the outdoors and this extraordinary park!

Photo Credit: G. Theotig
UPDATE ON THE GENERAL PLAN
We were disappointed that the State Parks Commission certified the EIR and adopted the General Plan for Red Rock on 3/3/23 which included allowing two OHV short cuts through Red Rock Canyon State Park. In addition, there was no exemption made so that going forward the public will no longer be allowed to go off-trail at Red Rock in Preserves (unless the District Superintendent deems otherwise).

A lawsuit was filed April 3, 2023 by the Center for Biological Diversity against the California State Department of Parks and Recreation and the Parks and Recreation Commission.  The complaint challenges the general plan revision for Red Rock Canyon State Park, which allows off-highway vehicles on two park roads and the Ricardo Campground.  Please read the entire press release regarding this litigation here.

RRCIA objects to the contention by State Parks in the NOD (notice of determination) filed that there are no significant impacts to the environment from off highway vehicle use at Red Rock.

Ileene Anderson of the Center for Biological Diversity referred to Red Rock Canyon State Park as “the crown jewel of conserved area in the Western Mojave Desert.”  We cannot agree more.

We encourage you to always stand up for this magnificent land known as Red Rock Canyon State Park.