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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

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One of my goals this summer is to take my kids to visit as many California State Parks as possible. One of the California State Parks that has been on my bucket list to visit for many years is the Red Rock Canyon California State Park – not to be mistaken with the Red Rock State Park in Nevada.

Before packing up the Kia Sorento with everything that we needed for our weekend adventure, I tried to do some research about the park online. I could hardly find any information about it online, so we just jumped into the Sorento, and went exploring.

The California State Park is only an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, making it the perfect day trip. We left early in the morning, and within a couple of hours, we were entering the State Park. We knew that we had arrived when we saw the majestic rock formations off the side of the road. We pulled the Kia Sorento over to the side of the road and took a few minutes to embrace the beauty of the natural wonder.

The first thing that we always do when we get to a State Park is to visit the visitor’s center. It is where children can learn about the place they are visiting in a mini-museum setting. Our kids spent about an hour walking around the visitor’s center, learning about Red Rock Canyon.

A volunteer who was working at the visitor’s center was able to help our family with picking the best family-friendly hike to go exploring. The State Park has an educational hike right next to the visitor’s center and campground, but she recommended that we take the Hagen Canyon hike.

The trail head was a short drive away from the visitor’s center and had plenty of parking. We parked the Kia Sorento, got some water bottles out of the ice chest in the trunk, and got ready to go exploring.

The hike is the perfect hike for children of all ages. It is about a two-mile hike (round-trip). My children were in awe of the beautiful rock formations they saw while on the hike. At one part of the hike, it felt like we were in “ornament valley” in the CARS movie. The trail is nicely marked and pretty level, perfect for toddlers or teens. We saw a lot of wildlife while on the trail and unique desert plants and flowers. It was one of the most beautiful hikes our family has ever experienced.

Once we were done with our hike, we drove our Kia Sorento to have lunch in a real ghost town. The Randsburg Ghost Town is about a 20-minute drive from Red Rock Canyon, and the perfect place to stop before returning home.

When looking for a new place to go exploring with your family this summer, plan a day trip to Red Rock Canyon California State Park, followed by a visit to Randsburg Mining and Ghost Town. Red Rock Canyon California State Park is located 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14. Plug the State Park into your GPS and go!

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