Red Rock Canyon State Park protects 27,000 acres at the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and western edge of the El Paso Mountains in California.
We parked our RV along the road and drove our SUV around the park.
We climbed on top of the Red Rooster butte to have lunch.
We hid behind a rock wall to get out of the strong winds.
We watched a sandstorm blow in the distance while enjoying our lunch.
Here you can see the deep red rock that gave the Red Rooster its name.
This area was a major trade route for thousands of years by Native Americans. In the 1850s, this area became a major travel route for emigrants and prospectors heading to the California gold rush. This included the famous Jayhawkers trek that gave Death Valley its name.
Because of its beauty and close proximity to Hollywood, Red Rock Canyon State Park has served as backdrop for many movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos. Famous movies filmed here include “The Mummy” (1932), “Zorro Rides Again,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Westworld.”
This area experienced its own mini-goldrush in the 1860s and again in the 1890s. Remains of these mining operations can be found throughout the park. The park also protects numerous important paleontology sites.
The complex shapes are the result of wind and rain eroding the softer sandstone beneath harder caprocks made from lava flows.