Ridgecrest residents live close by to some very interesting and famous locations. Ridgecrest is only 30 minutes from the Trona pinnacles, 1 hour and 30 minutes from the highest point in the continental US, Mount Whitney and the lowest point, Badwater Basin in Death Valley, being only 2 hours away.
Ridgecrest is uniquely located west of the Trona pinnacles. The Trona pinnacles have been the focus of professional photography, Hollywood blockbuster movie scenes and countless adventure seekers looking to witness the mind boggling towering mineral composed spears that seem to defy gravity. If you are planning to visit the Trona pinnacles be sure to bring extra drinking water and your camera to capture your experience!
If viewing large calcium composed spears isn’t your thing or you would just like to experience a view of large trees and cooler weather, Mount Whitney is only an hour and a half from Ridgecrest! Many tourists from around the world come to the Mount Whitney to try to conquer the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, which stands at 14,505 feet. After conquering the highest point of the contiguous U.S., come back to Ridgecrest for a bite to eat at one or a few of many tasty restaurants or get some rest at one of the clean hotels in town then head over to the lowest point in the Continental U.S.. Only two hours away is Badwater Basin in Death Valley. If you do plan to visit, come during the northern hemisphere winter as it can get up to 130 degrees during the summer. Death Valley has some of the most extreme temperatures.
Are you going to visit any of these locations now knowing how close you are? Or have you already checked out these places since living in Ridgecrest? Which is your favorite?