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LAist Road Trip: Red Rock Canyon State Park

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Just 130 miles north of Los Angeles lies some spectacular desert scenery. Red Rock Canyon State Park, in Kern County bears the mark of prehistoric lakes, rivers and glaciers in the colorful striations on the cliffs and the rock formations that rise out from the forest of Joshua trees

During the Gold Rush, prospectors passed through Red Rock Canyon, but didn't find any gold there, so continued on to the settlement of Los Angeles. During this time, the canyon hosted a freight line, a stagecoach route and a US Post Office. (Continue reading below photo gallery)