Death Valley National Park and The Sequoia National Forest
These popular action and adventure destinations border the Indian Wells Valley, where Ridgecrest is located. Ridgecrest is a common stopping point for travelers headed north (into either park), south (away from either park) or between the two parks.
Leroy Jackson Park
Leroy Jackson Park spans a ton of land in Ridgecrest. The main park features a playground, benches, walking areas, and more; it is adjacent to the Leroy Jackson Sports Complex and Petroglyph Park.
Maturango Museum offers guided tours of the Coso Rock Art District, which is typically blocked from public exploration by China Lake Naval Weapons Station. It also functions as a Mojave Desert natural history museum.
Petroglyph Park is full of replicas of actual indigenous art in or around the Indian Wells Valley, where Ridgecrest is located. Visitors to this 12-acre park can learn and have an intriguing adventure.
Randsburg is a tourism-friendly "living ghost town" with a population of 69 people as of 2010. It's less than half an hour outside of Ridgecrest. If you love kitsch or history, you'll get a kick out of it.
Face it - it's hot and dry in the high Mojave desert. Even in the dead of winter, you'll run into a warm day or two. Catch a movie and escape the heat at Ridgecrest Cinemas.