Red Rock Canyon State Park started its life as the home of the Kawaii Indians. Guests who explore the park can see several marks of their occupation, including petroglyphs that are scattered across the canyon walls. During the 1870s, the distinct and colorful rock formations served as markers for large freight wagons bringing goods to the western states.
Several paleological sites are still in the process of being excavated here, and if you come during the right times of the year, you may even catch them digging in the dirt. Camping is done on Ricardo Campground, a beautiful series of sites tucked away against the base of ancient desert cliffs.
This area contains 50 total primitive campsites that are adjacent to water hookups, pit toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings. Firewood can be purchased at the Red Rock Canyon State Park Visitor Center, or you'll need to bring your own. No dump stations or concrete pads exist for recreational vehicles, so you'll have to leave these vehicles behind.
Ricardo Campground allows up to eight guests on any one plot. No reservations can be made, as these sites are first-come, first-serve, so make sure to show up early if you'll looking to enjoy the park overnight. If you're bringing a canine with you for the trip, make sure they stay on a leash during your visit.
Over 22 miles of trails exist in Red Rock Canyon State Park, showcasing the desolate majesty of the desert as you weave your way through wind-worn passages. Because of the climate here, guests are encouraged to wear several layers so that they can adjust to sudden temperature shifts.
Bring plenty of water, and have a fully charged cell phone with you in case you twist an ankle or get lost. While dogs are more than welcome to accompany guests as they explore the desert, park officials note that the often rocky ground can get quite hot during the winter months, so make sure to take the necessary precautions.