Opal Canyon Road - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California

Cantil, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 06/17/2018
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Highlight: Opal Canyon Road - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California
Only 2 hours north of Los Angeles, lies one of the most amazing collections of canyons in the El Paso Mountain range. Previously home to the Kawaiisu Indians, the El Paso Mountains contain much of their heritage to this day. Later on, mining became the mainstay. Many mining camps of different minerals are spread across this mountain range. The Dutch Cleanser Mines, Bickel Camp, Cudahy Camp, Burro Schmidt Tunnel, Holland Camp and Holly Ash Mine are just a few of the attractions. This is a perfect trail if you love history, scenery, and are new to offroading.


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1. West side of Opal Canyon Road (0 mi)
Head south from here to access Highway 14. Head north from here to access the cleanser mines, Bonanza Trail, Bickel Camp, and Burro Schmidt Tunnel, just to name a few points of interest.

Directions to Trailhead

From Mojave: Travel north on Highway 14 for 29 miles. The entrance will be on your right. From Inyokern: Travel south on Highway 14 for 17 miles. The entrance will be on your left. After entering the trail system, take Sierra View Road north for just over .6 miles. Opal Canyon Road will be to the right.



Land Use Issues

This trail is currently slated to be closed in the Red Rock Canyon State Park General Plan being developed at this time. Please help us keep OHV Access open in the state park by sending comments to: Email info@redrockgp.com Mail Katie Metraux Project Manager California State Parks 1725 23rd Street, Suite 200 Sacramento, CA 95816 Additional information can be found at the following links: https://www.corva.org/ Also, a Facebook Page that keeps up to date on the subject And

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Chuck Nielsen

Mapping Crew - California

Chuck just flat-out loves off-roading. He caught the bug at the age of 15 when his family moved to the Antelope Valley (located in the Mojave Desert) from Long Beach, California. In grade school, he was fascinated of learning about the 20-Mule Teams that would haul Borax from the mines in the Mojave Desert. He was so excited to actually move to a place that bore so much pioneering history. When he received his license to drive, exploring became a daily pastime. Then, he was exposed to the pitfalls of wheeling in the desert. Not having access to 4-wheel drive, he was forced to respect traction and gravity. Now that he’s had experience with just about every kind of vehicle in the desert, he relates well with anyone wanting to experience the Great Outdoors. Ultimately, he loves to see the smile these experiences will put on your face.
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