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Red Rock Canyon State Park has set its schedule of Saturday interpretive programs for fall 2019.

Red Rock Canyon State Park’s visitor center is currently open Fridays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The modern visitor center features colorful displays and dioramas illustrating Red Rock’s unique geology, fossils, Kawaiisu Indian culture, early settler history, flora and fauna, and the Hollywood connection.

The gift shop offers books, toys and souvenirs.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Sat., Sept. 28: Docent-led nature walk of the Ricardo Nature Trail. Learn about various plants and their flowers along with small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment. Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 9:00 am.

Sat., Sept. 28: China Lake Astronomical Society will conduct a “Star Party” for viewing planets, constellations and other celestial objects in the night sky through some amazing telescopes. Meet at the visitor center parking lot area beginning at dusk.

Sat., Oct. 5: Docent-led nature walk titled “A Walk Through Time.. You will gain information about weather changes, extinct and present wildlife, Native American uses of plants, and geological makeup of Red Rock Canyon. Meet at the Desert View Nature Trail next to Campsite 50 at 9:00 am.

Sat., Oct. 5: Come and hear a historic presentation of the former “Red Rock Railroad.” This is a slide presentation about the temporary spur railroad built through Red Rock Canyon during the construction of the LA Aqueduct. Meet in the multipurpose room located in the visitor center at 7:00 pm.

Sat., Oct. 12: Docent-led nature walk of the Ricardo Nature Trail. Learn about various plants and their flowers along with small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment. Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 9:00 am.

Sat., Oct. 12: “Reading Stories in Stone.” Discover the geological makeup of Red Rock Canyon. Learn how the park was formed with the amazing colors you see today. Meet in the multipurpose room in the visitor center at 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 19: Docent-led nature walk of the Ricardo Nature Trail. Learn about various plants and their flowers along with small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment. Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 10:00 a.m.

Sat., Oct. 19: Come and hear a historic presentation of the former “Red Rock Railroad.” This is a slide presentation about the temporary spur railroad built through Red Rock Canyon during the construction of the LA Aqueduct. Meet in the multipurpose room located in the visitor center at 7:00 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 26: Docent-led nature walk of the Ricardo Nature Trail. Learn about various plants and their flowers along with small animals and how they adapted to the harsh desert environment. Meet at the Ricardo Trailhead across from the visitor center at 9:00 a.m.

Sat., Oct. 26: Dr. Xaioming Wang, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and noted paleontologist, will speak on the Western Mojave Desert Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the El Paso Mountains area including Red Rock Canyon State Park. Meet at the campfire area behind the visitor center at 6:30 p.m.

Red Rock Canyon State Park is 120 miles north of Los Angeles, via Interstate 5 and Highway 14. The park is 25 miles northeast of Mojave on Highway 14, near Cantil. Go west 1/4 mile on Abbott Drive. Signage indicating the turnoff is clearly visible on Highway 14.

The exact address is 37749 Abbott Dr., Cantil 93519.

Phone 661-946-6092 for more information.

Please note: Programs are subject to cancellation without notice. Check www.Facebook.com/RedRockCanyonStatePark for latest updates.

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