Description - 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 Range.
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Desert cliffs in Red Rock Canyon SP
- 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 Range. The area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians. Petroglyphs in the El Paso mountains are from these people. 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. 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 has been the site for a number of movies. The park protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations.
Recreation - Red Rock Canyon State Park offers camping, hiking, viewing scenery and wildlife opportunities.
Climate - Days in south-central California are typically clear with less than 25% humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high/low of 85 and 50 degrees F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 degrees F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100 degrees F during the day and not cooling much below 75 degrees F until the early hours of the morning.
Red Rock Canyon State Park is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14.