Red Rock Canyon State Park, Ricardo Campground
One of my top 5 California campgrounds when living in southern California. Below are two relatively poor copies of 12×12-inch scrapbook pages that give you an overall experience of camping at Red Rock.
It was here in 1986 we drove to see Haley’s Comet, arriving the night before the event only to find a booked campground. It was after hours so it was drive around, mark your site and pay in the box but there were no sites – telescopes and campers were throughout the land.
As we drove our second pass around a stranger hurried towards us asking if we like to share their site as they had plenty of room and thus they saved the trip and our chance at seeing the comet. I’ve always said, campers are the BEST people!
Current camping fees (2/2018) are $25 night/$23 seniors plus $6 for extra vehicle. No online reservations.
Note that trailers and motorhomes must be no longer than 30 feet. I called the park information numbers provided 661.839.6553 or 661.946-6092) and only got recordings so I will keep trying until I can answer that my 19′ truck plus possible future 22′ trailer is ok as long as I disconnect.. I think from camping there many times in the past that there was plenty of room to park along side it but I want to make sure as it’s been 11 years since our last trip.
No online reservations available. No drones permitted.
Rather than my going on about the extensive history of this beautiful desert area I would direct you to a wonderful write up on Wikipedia.
I will update this page when I add the maps and other information to the California Camping section of this website and provide a link. (And then remove this message).
CampsitePhotos.com provides campsite photos. Awesome!
California State Parks Annual Pass might be something you are interested in. The link provides all the current information.
Note: (I’ll be scanning some individual photos for the California Camping pages of this website and try to re-scan the ones here as well.)