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So, where is China Lake?

Ridgecrest City Hall and a beautiful desert sunset.
Ridgecrest City Hall and a beautiful desert sunset.
Heather Spurlock

From the time any youngster in the area can remember, this resounding question is being called out. The answer is never given, but a laugh always responds.

China Lake is the naval station for the nation's largest test, research and development facility and the city that supports this base is Ridgecrest. Today, with a large influx of young professionals being recruited to the area from across the county, the question has become something of a mockery.

What is there to do in Ridgecrest?

Any unenthusiastic person can tell you, nothing. This simply is not the case. Around every corner is a wild area to discover, a small shop to delight or entertainment to be had.

One might enjoy a day trip to one of the nearby natural wonders like Fossil Falls, or Death Valley. Or experience history of ancient civilizations through a petroglyph tour to one of the best displays of petroglyph in the northern hemisphere.

Interested in more modern American history? Well, there is plenty of that too. From the Manzanar National Historical Site where Japanese Americans were held during WWII, to the China Lake Museum housing the technical developments of generations of China Lake employees.

Come explore the High Desert and experience all these communities have to offer.

For more information check out the Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau website.


  • Debi, Movie Locations Travel Examiner 5 years ago

    Great article! This is an area of CA I have yet to explore, but it's on my list. Thanks for sharing your insight!

  • Teresa Kratzer 5 years ago

    You are absolutely right my friend. We have so many wonders right in front of us, yet noone takes advantage of them. Greta article, I look forward to more.

  • Paula 5 years ago

    Great job Heather! After reading this, I have a different picture of Ridgecrest area in my head! keep up the great work!

  • Warren 5 years ago

    Great article....Nicely put tougher...I look forward to reading more!!

  • Fawn 5 years ago

    Great article! Can't wait to read more.

  • kristen stemmer 5 years ago

    Love it! I've always hated it when people say there is nothing to do in Ridgecrest. There is plenty to do if you are adventurous!!!

  • BOB 5 years ago

    Great article...I look forward to more.

  • Amber Berry, MA 5 years ago

    Sounds great! I hope to check it out one day! Great article!

  • Joe H 5 years ago

    Ridgecrest is a great little community!

  • Jody Bowers 5 years ago

    I have not lived in the Ridgecrest area for some time now .. But you are absolutely right . All one needs to do is look around to find the natural beauty and wonders . Great Article !!

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