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“An outstanding, if often overlooked, desert park” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground

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Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground
Ranked #422 of 1,660 Specialty Lodging in California
Oakland, California
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“An outstanding, if often overlooked, desert park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

This park is well worth a stay in its own right, although many just overnight on the way to Death Valley or Owens Valley.

The campground itself could probably never be built today, as it's nestled up against the weird and interesting mud/rock formations that give the park it's name. It can be hot here, and cold in winter, and although the rocks provide a backdrop you can get stuck in the sun or wind. They are upgrading the pit toilets, but some still have no roofs. Water is available; no showers. Fees are outrageous, but that's par for the course in CA state parks; I didn't feel it appropriate to ding just RRSP for this. The visitor center is great, but only open certain hours, as is the dump station. Sites are often rather unlevel, but many are big. And the state parks aren't dog friendly. They'll charge you for offroad vehicles you may have in a trailer; they try to encourage offroaders to stage in nearby BLM land.

The park is in an interesting intersection between the mountains to the west and lower and higher sections of Mojave desert, so gets a lot of wildlife. You can see kangaroo rats, owls, hawks, tortoises, green mojave rattlers, tarantulas, coachwhips, etc. There are great 4x4 roads all around, but unfortunately the park doesn't allow backcountry camping. You can access the excellent Jawbone area, or go north through Dove Springs. The park has occasional hikes, and star parties. And check out the movies sets; bazillions of movies from sci fi to westerns were shot here.

There is outstanding hiking right out of the campground, although no real trails per se. But if you're adventurous, and experienced in desert hiking, you can find all kinds of stuff. There are slot canyons, bizarre geological features, dry waterfalls, etc. It's a great place to let kids run wild, as long as they aren't prone to falling to their deaths from the rocks above.

Flowers can be great in the spring, and there's a great variety.

Spend a few days here; the more you look around the better you'll like it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I stumbled across this place on our way to Death Valley in an RV trip. We needed a place to stop between Paso Robles and Death Valley, and this was on the map. Never heard of it before, but we took a chance.

We are both so glad we stopped here! It became the hidden gem of the trip - a place we want to return. It's a state campground, so there's no hookups for RVs, but there are plenty of beautiful spots that could accommodate the 30ft. vehicle. The place is surrounded by stunning rock foundations and hiking around produces some gorgeous views. Facilities are nice and well kept. I'll definitely be returning here in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

We went there on our way to Las Vegas from SF. Absolutely stunning and worth visiting. Especially if you appreciate scenic beauty. Would recommend it strongly.. The various rock formations are fabulous. Only a small detour from SF-Vegas highway.

  • Stayed November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Each tent place has a table with shade. Which is great because it can get very, very hot (and dry!).
Large tent places, so you do really have your pricacy there!
Toilets and water available.
No showers.
Great for mountain biking on nearby trails.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2011

The scenery is really perfect! Its quiet, you have a lot of space.
Will be back!

  • Stayed May 2011
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Property: Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground
Address: Abott Drive, Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA
Location: United States > California
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Ranked #422 of 1,660 Specialty Lodging in California
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Number of rooms: 50
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