Red Rock Canyon State Park, Cantil

Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Colorful fluted folds of white, pink, red and brown cliffs are the result of wind and rain eroding soft materials from beneath hard lava flow layers. This dramatic scenery has been viewed over thousands of years by Native Americans on trade routes, famous settler families such as the survivors of the Death Valley trek and the Illinois Jayhawkers, then gold miners, and in more recent times, in hundreds of movies and commercials.

After wet winters, the park’s floral displays are stunning. Camp beneath the cliffs, or explore the visitor center after a picnic. Miles of primitive roads can be explored by foot, off-highway vehicle, horse, and bike. Call (661) 946-6092 for park regulations and more information, or visit
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  • Great place to camp overnight or just a day visit. Reasonable fees to enter park. Clean park and restrooms are provided throughout the overnight camping and day use areas. Great places to explore...  more »
  • Great side trip on the way to Kernville. It was hot, so we didn't hike any of the trails, but the formations are fantastic and it was worth a 20 minute stop to check it out.  more »
  • Stopped by here as a side trip returning from Sequoia National Forest, first week of August 2019. Website said it was opened til 10pm; we got there around 7. Entry booth was closed, but used the honor system to pay for use, so we tucked our $6 into an envelope, put it in the box, and took a map of the park. Drove around the main site thru the campsite area, but no red rocks to speak of. Visitor center was closed, but we used the outside toilets. Then we went across the highway and saw on the map an area called Iron Canyon. That sounded like it might be red, especially near sunset. So we started driving down the road to it. As soon as we turned around a bend, our car got stuck in a sand drift which looked like a desert wash area. This was not marked as an off-road vehicle only area, as we were proceeding to what we thought was a parking area to do a hike. Tried to get the car out and ran out of ideas. We were in a canyon, so no cell coverage. Left the car with a note on it, and walked back to the highway hoping for cell reception or to find someone driving by who could help pull us out. God provided us with a good Samaritan who just happened to pull into the entry parking lot; she couldn't pull us out since she had no ropes, chains, hitch, etc., but ended up driving us 19 miles to closest hotel since it was now getting dark. The next day, after we got the car towed out at GREAT expense (no thanks to AAA who didn't want to touch it due to them possibly getting stuck with large tow trucks...that's another review) we went back to the main park and saw some guys doing property maintenance. They said the park was basically closed for another few weeks and the visitor's center was not open at all til then!! We were very upset that the website had been misleading, and that nobody was coming around to check the park to close it, or they would have seen the car and our note. Plus we left at least 5 messages at the number provided, and didn't get a reply back til 4 days later as we were heading back to LA to go home...glad we didn't hold our breath! Anyway, we're angry at the park system (1*), but since we had spent all that money, we took a hike up to one of the ridges, and it was pretty up there (3*), still not a lot of red, more like the Badlands, but it was worth some of the $556 spent to visit the place. Bottom line: BE CAREFUL DRIVING past the main parking lot on the east side of the highway!
  • Never knew this State Park existed. It's beautiful! The rock formations are phenomenal! All right here in California in our backyard!

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