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Red Rock Canyon State Park, California, USA

November 29th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

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 Mountains.

Each tributary canyon is unique, with vivid colors. After wet winters, the park's floral displays are stunning. Wildlife includes roadrunners, hawks, lizards, mice and squirrels.

Red Rock Canyon is an approximately 27,000 acre unit within the Mojave Sector of the Inland Empire District of the California State Park System, located along State Highway 14 in Kern County, about 80 miles east of Bakersfield and 25 miles north of Mojave. Red Rock Canyon provides magnificent views of the pristine desert landscape, includes two natural preserves, and offers, among other recreation activities, camping, sightseeing, equestrian activities, hiking, and opportunities for reflection and solitude.

It is located on California Highway 14, which connects Highway 395 with the communities of Southern California, where 14 is known as the Antelope Valley Freeway. The park is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14. Highway 14 goes through the center of the park, in the canyon itself. No tourist facilities are available. It is not far from Cantil, California.

The area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians. Some petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains are from these people.

The colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks during the early 1870s for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. The park protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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