Opal Trail - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California

Cantil, California (Kern County)

Last Updated: 06/17/2018
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Highlight: Opal Trail - Red Rock Canyon State Park - California
At the end of this trail are two famous opal mines, Nowak's Opal Mine and Barnett's Opals. The very light colored terrain in this canyon consists of volcanic ash. It has yielded many opals over the years. This area used to be BLM land. Back in the day, Barnett's Opals charged $2 a head for a day pass to mine. Currently, rock collecting is not allowed here. Since it is now state property, please check with the State Parks Department before rock hounding within the park as the rules are often subject to change. This is a geologically sensitive area. Please keep your vehicle on the trails and enjoy your stay.


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1. Opal Trail Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts here and winds it's way back into Opal Canyon.

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. Turn right onto Opal Canyon Road. Continue east for 1.5 miles. Opal Trail will be on the left.



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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