Ridgecrest Area Information

Ridgecrest area welcomes you!

Many tourists have never experienced the other side of California, east of the Sierras.

Visitors will find activities for all interests, and attractions to fit any theme – geological landmarks, outdoor sports, museums, wildlife, ghost towns, California history, stargazing and more.

Increasingly popular among eco-tourists, the California high desert is home to exotic plant and animal life. The alien terrain is a hot spot for geo-caching, off-roading, and rock climbing. Hike the famous Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail, and Mount Whitney. Cosmic enthusiasts seek out our high elevation and protected horizon for the most incredible star-gazing in California year round.

We hope your visit is both exciting and comfortable. The city of Ridgecrest has 18 hotels and 65 restaurants to choose from.

Nestled at the crossroads of three major highways and only 3 hours away from

Death ValleyNational Park
Yosemite National Park
Paso Robles wine country
MammothMountain ski resort
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Ridgecrest is the perfect base camp for an all-inclusive California experience.

Restaurants in Ridgecrest per Tripadvisor’s website

Ridgecrest Area Chamber of Commerce


Directions from Los Angeles

Take the 405 Freeway NORTH to the I-5 Freeway.
Take the I-5 Freeway North to the CA State Route 14.
Take CA State Route 14 NORTH for approximately 67 miles to Mojave.
At Mojave CA State Route 14 bears to the RIGHT.
Continue on CA State Route 14 for approximately 44 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto 178 east to Inyokern Continue for approx 12 miles
Turn RIGHT onto North China Lake BLVD

Ridgecrest Area