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Ricardo Campground

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Southern Sierra, California

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  • Eroded formations in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • Eroded formations in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • The road to Ricardo Campground in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • Desert surrounds Ricardo Campground.- Ricardo Campground
  • Early sites do not have as much shade coverage, but they have ample space for camp furniture and activities.- Ricardo Campground
  • 20 Wall has southern exposure, offering shade in its inlets during the day time.- Ricardo Campground
  • Sites in the 50s area share the same view when looking north.- Ricardo Campground
  • The famous Joshua trees that are native to this region.- Ricardo Campground
  • Bathroom next to site 26.- Ricardo Campground
  • A picnic area before the site loops start offers some relief from the desert sun.- Ricardo Campground
  • A wall detail in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • Shaded picnic areas in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • The wall just past the picnic area continues to provide interesting formations.- Ricardo Campground
  • Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • The view from Ricardo Campground in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • Small Groves of Joshua trees live in empty desert space.- Ricardo Campground
  • Joshua trees in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
  • A campsite near the fascinating formations in Red Rock Canyon State Park.- Ricardo Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interesting geological features. Desert beauty. Bathrooms and firepits.
Cons: 
Extremely dusty. Very hot.
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Region:
Southern Sierra, CA
Managed by: 
California State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Red Rock Canyon State Park is a beautiful desert location for Geological viewing. Historic Native American and settler interaction in this region makes for a great historical visit upon the heels of 19th century travelers. The Ricardo Campground lies next to Black Mountain Wilderness, and it provides an excellent opportunity to spend a night in the desert without driving too far.

The area is beautiful, with natural red hues in every direction. The formations don't end at the campground, and there are some walking and hiking trails nearby as well as four-wheel drive trails for the well equipped (these roads are signed). Joshua tree groves are frequent in the open space between roads and walls. Head to the distant sites in the loop for easier access to trails.

Camping at Ricardo Campground is first-come, first-served for all 50 sites. Potable water is available along with fire pits, picnic tables, and vault toilets; firewood can be purchased from the campground host. RVs up to 30 feet are allowed, though there are no hookups in the campground.

The southernmost tip of the Sierra does not let up for the ill-prepared. Campsites are very dusty (bringing a rainfly or sleeping in car/camper is recommended), and shade only comes naturally during the morning and evening hours against the rock walls. July temperatures easily exceed 100 degrees during the day. Those without RVs or shade tarps may prefer to camp elsewhere or plan activities outside of the campsite during the hottest part of the day.

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