Eroded butte

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.

  

  

Our RV parked below an eroded butte

We parked our RV along the road and drove our SUV around the park.

  

  

Darby and Shadow climbing up the Red Rooster butte

We climbed on top of the Red Rooster butte to have lunch.

  

   

Timm, Darby and Shadow taking shelter from the strong winds

We hid behind a rock wall to get out of the strong winds.

   

   

Shadow, Timm and Darby enjoying lunch while watching a sandstorm

We watched a sandstorm blow in the distance while enjoying our lunch.

   

   

Darby walking on top of the Red Rooster

Here you can see the deep red rock that gave the Red Rooster its name.

  

   

Butte in Nightmare Gulch

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.

  

  

Darby and Shadow

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.”

  

   

Uplifted rock layers

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.

  

  

Beautiful erosion

The complex shapes are the result of wind and rain eroding the softer sandstone beneath harder caprocks made from lava flows.

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