Located on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., the China Lake Golf Course is a pinnacle for golfers in the High Desert. China Lake is in a beautiful valley setting, where year-round golfing is the norm. The challenging 18-hole layout incorporates many water and sand hazards, and includes a full-practice facility.
U.S. Naval Museum of Armament & Technology; 50 years of weapon history are on display. Located on the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, CA.
Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone and to plants and animals unique to the harshest deserts. A place of legend and a place of trial. Located within a 1.5 hour drive northeast of Ridgecrest on Highways 178 and 190.
Kernville has a large tourist industry centered on the white water rapids of the Kern River. While white water rafting is the main attraction, one can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Fly fishing is also popular; in particular, the golden trout is highly sought after for catch and release fishing. Downtown Kernville has an Old West look and contains a number of restaurants, antique shops and motels. The Kern Valley Museum houses a collection of historical items and displays.
Beautiful Lone Pine California, gateway to Death Valley, in the shadow of Mount Whitney, and in the heart of Inyo County. Come experience the brilliant star filled sky, breathtaking scenery and legendary beauty.
A Museum of the cultural history, natural history and geology of the Northern Mojave Desert emphasizing our Indian Wells Valley. The Museum is also the Death Valley Tourist Center
At 14,496 feet elevation, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The peak lies within the John Muir Wilderness and the Sequoia National Park Wilderness. These areas were set aside by Congress and the President to provide opportunities for solitude and unconfined, primitive types of recreation. Located within a 1.5 hour drive north of Ridgecrest on US 395.
Randsburg California, or Rand Mining District as it is also known, is considered to be the "Living Ghost Town". Holding on to the very brink of existence, this small mining community is located in the Northern Mojave. Outdoor recreation booms here: ATV, dirt bikes, 4x4s, motorcyclists. RVers & car clubs are welcomed. Weekends can be busy with tourists, local horsemen & desert dirt bikes, but on week days you'll have the place to yourself. An old fashioned soda fountain at the general store & a real old west saloon, hours vary with season.
Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southernmost tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range. Each tributary canyon is unique, with dramatic shapes and vivid colors. Located within a 30 minute drive south of Ridgecrest on Highway 14.
Framed by four mountain ranges including the majestic Sierra Nevada, Ridgecrest is a community that preserves a unique quality of life, where old-fashioned family values and a stress-free lifestyle are combined with a highly educated populace and technological business community. Ridgecrest is a city known for its beautiful skies, excellent schools, and safe neighborhoods.