Ridgecrest Travel Guide

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Ridgecrest Things to Do

  • Fossil Falls

    If you want to see some extraordinary, check out Fossil Falls on your way up the Highway 395! It is a amazing site and great hike.Sturdy shoes are recommended due to its uneven surface. NOTE: PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THIS AREA AS THE TRAIL LEADS TO THE TOP OF A SHEER CLIFF.~~Fed by the rains and snows of the last Ice Age, the Owens River...

  • Pinnacles

    You've seen them in any sci-fi movie when they touch down onto a foreign planet. The Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique geological features in the California Desert Conservation Area. The unusual landscape consists of more than 500 tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. The pinnacles vary...

  • Death Valley Tourist Center

    This building serves many functions as well as being a Visitor Center too. They have two huge racks filled with all sorts of free literature. They had loads of magazines filled with some wonderful travel information. It sure did give me and the family ideas where we are going to venture out next.Open 10am-5pm every dayClosed on major holidays

  • Maturango Museum

    This was a very eventual day for us. It was wonderful to finally take the time to stop by this center and absorbed everything thing it could offer, which was A LOT! It was so educational and the exhibits are done so professionally. The exhibits include baskets, artifacts from Native people, remnants of extinct Pleistocene gaints, exhibits on the...

  • Glady's Merrick Garden

    Located just outside behind the The Maturango Museum is a area reserved of local fiona, artwork, and artifacts that at one time used by many pioneers. You'd think a wagon train just wondered by and dumped their old personal items off...lol! Their are some old mining equipment, farm equipment, old time applicances, and so much more just scattered...

  • Sylvia Winslow Gallery

    At the time, they had the Jerry O. Bradley Exhibit "Forms From Within!" They displayed his craft very tastefully. They feature new exhibits of fine art every two months. They have meets and greets with the artist and sometimes have monthly lectures by many archaelolgists, anthropologists, explorers, etc. They even have concerts, workshops,...


Ridgecrest Hotels

  • Hampton Suites Ridgecrest

    104 East Sydnor Avenue, Ridgecrest, California, 93555, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • SpringHill Suites Ridgecrest

    113 E Sydnor Ave, Ridgecrest, California, 93555, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Best Western China Lake Inn

    400 S CHINA LAKE BLVD, Ridgecrest, CA 93555

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ridgecrest Restaurants

  • American Family Food

    My boys are not picky about this place. So far I have found that most are always clean, service is good and the food is wonderful. Denny's has a large selection on their menus. Plus serving breakfast is always a must for me....yay! This Denny's is a good size and was very busy that day. Lucky for us we got there when they weren't too busy, but it...

  • Beggars cant be choosers!

    If there had been a father amongst us we would have got a free drink seeing as its was Fathers Day, but alas no, so we bought our own! Surprisingly enough this was quite a nice diner....big, airy and clean where you order at the counter and then you are served at your table. Young friendly staff....yeah it was worth the stop. Not a lot of choice...

  • Casa Corona

    The bar has a good selection, including giant glasses of Mexican beer on tap. It is especially dark, however, so reading the menu can be a challenge. But, if you want a pleasantly cool place in the middle of July, or don't like people watching you, then the bar is the place for you. The adjoining restaurant is modestly but nicely decorated. The...


Ridgecrest Shopping

  • Wonderful local artist creations

    Lots of wonderful local crafted jewelry, pottery was fabulous, books, toys, educational items, videos and much more. The pottery was so detailed. Oh, don't forget to pick up a postcard, they have lots to select from.

  • Lots of Stores

    Large drug stores like Walgreens, supermarkets like Albertsons, and monstrosities like Wal Mart can be found along the main streets. The main streets include those along Highway 178, as well as South China Lake Boulevard.

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Ridgecrest Warnings and Dangers

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    Beware of OHV crossings

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 2, 2007

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    This is a very open vast area. Although, Off Higway Vehicles well know they are not to cross on even be on the road. Some of the younger and very inexperienced ones will take that chance...oh heck some of the older ones do it still. Been living in this area way too long and seeing it first hand and sadley losing someone from such accidents. No mother, father, sister, brother or anyone should experience such untimely deaths. So please keep a eye out for such activities and do not hesitate to report abuse. The Beau of Land Management provides a safe heaven so these OHV should stick to them.

    California Dirtbike and ATV Trails

    These were at Garlock no less, big no no! Huge carvans of OHV out in the desert.
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    • Historical Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Road Trip

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Ridgecrest Off The Beaten Path

  • View the stars at night

    by sh_rey_rey Written Oct 3, 2005

    go and park on the side of the road on the outskirts of town and just stare up at the sky. A truck bed is good with some cushions or a blanket that you can us to lay on the ground. It's georgeous and definitely one of my favorite views in Ridgecrest. The lack of lights make it a perfect spot to gaze at God's creation.

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Ridgecrest Favorites

  • Coming Rain and Setting Sun

    by sh_rey_rey Written Oct 3, 2005

    Favorite thing: The chance to be in Ridgecrest before it rains is absolute amazing. The smell of coming rain enhanced by the creosote bushes is absolutely divine in this Mojave Desert.

    Fondest memory: Also, please remember to take in at least one sunset before you leave Ridgecrest. The pinks and oranges are definitely something you'll greatly enjoy.

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