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Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground

Mojave, California


Mojave, California 93519
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Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 35.36580
Longitude: -117.98311

Elevation: 2484' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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11 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Gorgeous. Loved it. Quiet. Dry camping only. No staff present, but did see the ranger drive thru a couple of times. We stayed 2 nights. Will go back. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

I claimed the first pull through I came across. Should have driven the whole loop, but it was only for one night so that was fine. That site was too close to the road, so dust was a problem, but the campground was lightly occupied so not a huge problem .

Lots of little trails, and plenty of OHV use in the area. I could have chosen a site further off the road, but I was done driving for the day. This place is very quiet, can get gusty in the afternoon. This will be dry camping so plan accordingly. The visitor center was not open so there was no local information or wood available, they will likely staff the visitor center later this summer, I am guessing. Also, no cell service either. VERY quiet. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Due to budget cuts, there was no visible staff presence. Not even rangers. The visitor center is closed in the off season, as is the dump station (even though there's a sign saying the dump station is open on Sundays). Other than that, the campground is the same as ever. Nobody seems to be taking advantage of the lack of park supervision to behave badly. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Mojave Air and Space Port is a reasonable drive away. Exotic Feline Breeding Compound is a bit more of a drive, but is a special treat for big cat lovers.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This place is absolutely stunning. There are beautiful geological formations, like outdoor stalactites and stalagmites which surround the canyon walls. There is a beautiful desert area in the middle with nature trails and a dessert tortoise area by the visitor center. We visited in March and so there were several wild flowers in bloom. We also arrived on a weekday so it was not busy at all. We did not use the water, pit toilets, or dump station so I cannot comment on those. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This was our second visit. This time we picked site #4 for its seclusion and space. The state continues the nice upgrades. The handicap sites #1, 2 have shade shelters, nice restroom, and even a hose-friendly spigot. Handicap #6 is nice as well. They're adding yet another handicap site up near the cliffs. The handicap sites are well-suited for a Class C or smaller. The dump station was open on Sunday Oct. 20th for a "trial run" from 9 to 5 or so. Fifteen dollar fee to dump, but I didn't take advantage of it, nor did anybody else it from what I saw. We really enjoyed the weekend and we will return. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a $2 senior discount. This campground is on a gravel loop with gravel sites. Many of the sites are not suitable for RV's since they are either very short or very unlevel. However, there are some beautiful sites along the cliffs. If someone drives by at a high rate, dust can be an issue. Sunsets and sunrises are spectacular, and there are some nice trails. There is a Visitors Center, but it was closed "for the season" with a note saying it would reopen at the end of March. The only official presence was a park ranger driving by in the morning. We did not have Verizon phone or data service. Satellite is not a a problem as there are not trees. We had only 8 or so other campers during our visit. It is close to the highway, but there was very little traffic noise. As noted it has a nice, dark night sky. The dump station is still closed with the only amenity being water and trash disposal. We would stay here again. Our only concern was that without any on-site presence of any kind, there could be a party group come in. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This was a great weekend trip. We got here at 10am on Saturday and there were many good sites available, so we took #12. At sundown, there were still several good sites available. Our site was fairly level from side to side, but was sloped down to the front. Water faucets and dumpsters at each pit toilet area. Dump station is still closed. Kids loved climbing around. Great view of the night sky! We enjoyed this much more than our trip to Black Rock at Joshua Tree. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful desert setting with awesome sandstone pillars directly behind the campsites. Only 4 sites occupied out of 50. Might be the price considering you can camp for free outside the park in BLM land. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of our favorite campgrounds when passing through the eastern side of the Sierras. No real amenities, with pit toilets and water faucets only. But, the scenery is great if you like the desert. Hot in the summer, at an elevation of about 2500-2800 feet. Great motorcycling in the BLM areas adjacent, and to the opal mines across Hwy 14. Senior rate is $10 per night (over 62). Dump site is presently closed. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2006 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Located in one of my favorite areas of the world, red rock canyon state park is basically a primitive campground with dump station and a small nature / geographic info center. Crude bathrooms, no services at sites, along tight, crudely graded dirt road. Sites were not very level or big. A few sites were pull through, sort of, but this was a generous description. Staff ranged from friendly and helpful to park ranger Nazis. We got yelled at and threatened by a ranger for letting my mellow, friendly lab roam around on a walk when I was ¼ mile from anyone else. Overall, a place to park and dump, but you could just pull off the hwy 8 miles north in open BLM land, park wherever you want, have all the space you want and not get hassled—just pack out your trash please and don't dump on the ground. Alan We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2006 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

If you like the desert, this is a great scenic park, with the red cliffs,interesting geology, stargazing and local hikes. Surrounding area is a treasure of local, quirky history. Dump station on site, ranger stattion and visitors center. Other than that, there are NO facilities here or nearby- make sure you bring whatever you need. We camped at Red Rock Canyon State Park Ricardo Campground in a Motorhome.

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