Red Rock Canyon State Park

California is known for their breathtaking National Parks such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Death Valley, and Sequoia, just to name a few. But upon further googling I have found a spectacular little (free) state park that should definitely get put on your California park bucket list.

Located in Cantil California, this park has some of the coolest rock formations and colors I have ever seen. The rocks are not for climbing, however, as they are very brittle and will chip easily.

Drones are not allowed, dogs are allowed but on a leash, camping is permitted at the Ricardo Camp ground which does not take reservations and is a first come first serve basis. Apparently, you can also request to spread ashes there… so I guess keep that in the back of your mind…

We “hiked”, more like explored, the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail. There are no bathrooms at this trail so plan accordingly. The start of the trail was obviously marked and so was the first couple feet, however, we lost the path and ended up roaming around for about 2.5 miles.

If you’ve got little kids this specific trail is fantastic for toddlers to run around. It was not a steep path and there was not a lot obstructing our view so it was perfect to let the little guy run free. It is a heavily trafficked trail, but the farther in you hike the less crowded it becomes.

Overall, I highly recommend this beautiful State Park, especially if you don’t want to pay to see a National Park. Just remember to bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat!

Have you visited Red Rock Canyon State Park – what was your experience like?


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