This lovely flowering desert is Red Rock Canyon State Park. Before we get here though, we had to visit some of our friends back in Placerville.
Our usual favorites, Carnitas for Steve and Carne Asada for me.
Another meal with Jim and Jenny for beer and pizza and to swap some camping stories before we head south to the desert for some warmth during this unusual cold spell.
Sites are level, decently spaced and offer some shade. It's a quiet spot surrounded by farmland.Fresno, CA
Jawbone Canyon, BLMIt was a three hour drive as pulled into Jawbone Canyon. This is dispersed camping on BLM land. It is popular with off-roaders, especially on weekends. We arrived on Sunday. No one here.
The coordinates to this spot are: 35.30911N 118.01452W, elevation 2238.
That is the water pipe in the distance behind our rig.
We're here to visit Red Rock Canyon State Park and do some hiking.
This area was once privately owned by a German immigrant who used it for mining claims. He gave tours of the area and named some of the rock formations. It later became a state park in 1969 after his death. This entire area was once at the bottom of a lake 10 million years ago. Sediment washed down the mountains and was deposited in layers. Time and pressure turned the layers of sand and mud into huge rock beds. Due to tectonic movement, the floor uplifted and the lake dried up. Wind and water erosion created the formations that are throughout the park. The bright red color is due to high iron content in some layers. Water trickles down from rainfall and makes it looks like the cliffs are bleeding.
The Desert Dandelion covered the desert floor as we walked to the trailhead.
We took the Hagen Canyon Nature Trail. This was an easy trail maybe 1 1/2 miles. You'll do more than that though climbing up and around the cliffs.
The red capstones sit atop the softer gray sandstone that washes away over time.
We saw plenty of lizards and birds darting about.
The purple-blue Psorothamnus stood out among all the yellow.
You walked along the sandstone and sandy washes.
A brightly colored Blue Belly Lizard.
These formations were lifted to a 17 degree angle.
The Yucca were still blooming as well.
We just couldn't get over the beauty out here.
After our hike we drove over to the campground in the park to check it out.
Bright red Indian Paintbrush.
If you haven't been here it's worth a stop. A couple of days would cover it unless you wanted to do some off-roading. We have a couple of more things to do in this area before we leave.