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Red Rock Canyon Park marks the point in California where the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range becomes the El Paso Mountains. As the name suggests, the park is filled with fantastically red rock formations ranging from sheer cliffs to huge boulders, striking buttes to vast plains. When you rent a camper in Red Rock Canyon, you'll not only enjoy beautiful sights but historical landmarks too. This mystical plain was once the home of the Kwaiisu people, who have left their mark in petroglyphs and pictographs carved into the rocks, which provide a glimpse into their everyday activities. Keep an eye out for these as you explore!

Accessing Red Rock Canyon Park is relatively easy. Located in Southern California, the park is just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles or less than an hour from Bakersfield. Sitting so close to the California-Nevada border, it's easy enough to pop over from Las Vegas, NV too. Wherever you find yourself coming from, you're guaranteed a memorable vacation when you book an RV in Kern County.

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Getting Outdoors

There are endless ways to explore when you're renting an RV at Red Rock Canyon Park, whether it be via the one-way scenic drive, one of the many hiking trails, or on the back of a horse. Your Los Angeles camper rental is the perfect companion to take you around the 13-mile scenic drive, which is laden with plenty of lookouts, places to park up your RV rental, and access points to some of the park's best day hikes. Head to the park office before your visit to pick up a free map of the area and get some advice on what's best to do during your stay.

To explore the park at your own pace, choose one of the trails that suits your ability level to begin your adventures. Just make sure to start out as early as possible if you're visiting during summer, as temperatures can soar upwards of 95°F by midday! If you're looking for a leisurely stroll, why not give the two-mile Oak Creek Canyon Trail a try. It'll take around one hour and a half to complete and will lead you through open desert and around some key rock formations.

When you're RV camping at Red Rock Canyon Park during spring, this is the perfect trail to witness wildflowers blossoming in all their glory. Otherwise, if you're up for the challenge, this trail leads onto, Arnight, a more challenging hike – worth it simply for the panoramic views you'll get from the top!

Wildlife sightings aren't uncommon in the park, especially on the Fire Ecology Trail, La Madre Spring Trail, and the path leading to First Creek Canyon. One of the most common animals you'll come across is the White-Tailed Antelope Ground Squirrel, who can often be found foraging for food on the ground. Larger animals such as the Bighorn sheep, Desert Tortoise, and Burros Donkey may also be seen on the trails and close to the visitor's center. As tempting as it may be, remember these are wild animals, so don't feed them!

Camping at Red Rock Canyon also gives you a perfect chance for a spot of stargazing. Away from the bright lights of the cities, and with little cloud cover, each night presents the ideal opportunity for spotting shooting stars or learning some new constellations. Should you be interested in learning more about the world above us, the local astronomy club holds regular events in the Ricardo Campground.

Camping at Red Rock Canyon Park

When you want to camp in amongst the red rocks and don't mind basic amenities, you'll have no problem camping with an RV here. Red Rock Canyon Park is home to around 50 campsites that can accommodate trailers up to 30 feet in length and include four ADA-accessible sites. The campground is run on a first-come-first-served basis, so you'll need to arrive early to bag yourself one of the prime spots, especially during the weekend and holidays. Campers will find their camping spot equipped with its own fire ring and picnic table and will have access to the basic vault toilets.

Campers who prefer to have a few more creature comforts can head down to Mojave, where you'll find the Sierra Trail RV Park. Here, visitors are treated to full hookups, free WiFi, a swimming pool, and modern washrooms to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Pets are also allowed at this campsite, though it's worth noting that they aren't allowed on the trails in Red Rock Canyon Park.

Exploring the Area

In need of a small change of pace during your Red Rock Canyon Park camping trip? Bakersfield is full of exciting museums, quaint river walks, and lovely eateries to explore.

Kern County Museum is a fantastic place to swot up on a bit more local history. Open since 1929; this community-led space has been committed to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the rich history of this diverse county. As well as the traditional exhibitions, Kern County Museum takes its exhibits outside of its four walls in the form of a Pioneer Village. The village consists of over 50 buildings collected from around the county, including a historic one-room schoolhouse, church, train station and courthouse to replicate an actual town from the 19th century.

Anyone traveling with little ones should pay a visit to the California Living Museum. Opened in 1983 as a rehabilitation center, the small zoo now aims to educate the general public about the importance of our native wildlife. The types of animals on show in the zoo vary considerably, but in the past have included black bears, mountain lions, owls, and eagles.

You'll also find the Bakersfield Museum of Art nearby, a perfect stop off for any creative types visiting the area. The museum consists of four permanent galleries showcasing the work of local and regional artists exclusively. From time to time, a fifth room is filled with works from a traveling exhibition too. Don't forget to check out the garden while you're there, which is filled with sculptures, pottery, and native plants.

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