Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County in the Mojave Desert of California.

Get in

By road

US Highway 395 - Northbound travelers will turn right off the highway onto CA Highway 178 Business (also called South China Lake Boulevard), which proceeds north and then northeast about 2 1/2 miles to Ridgecrest. Southbound travelers will take the CA Highway 178 East exit near the town of Inyokern, then proceed east (left) 8 miles to Ridgecrest.

CA Highway 14 - Northbound and southbound travelers will exit onto CA Higwhay 178 East, which drops down the last slope of the Sierra Nevada foothills into Inyokern, then on eight miles into Ridgecrest.

CA Highway 178 - Eastbound travelers take 178 to Highway 14. The roads merge and continue north three miles before 178 East splits off again (right-hand turn). (See CA Highway 14, above.) Westbound travelers coming from the Death Valley area find that 178 goes directly into downtown Ridgecrest, becoming Ridgecrest Boulevard. Note: 178 passes through Ridgecrest, but it involves two 90-degree turns and three different street names. Traveling east from Inyokern, 178 is known as Inyokern Road. In Ridgecrest, 178 turns abruptly south at the intersection of Inyokern Road (which proceeds onto Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake) and follows North China Lake Boulevard. Two miles south at the intersection of China Lake Boulevard and Ridgecrest Boulevard, 178 turns eastward again and follows Ridgecrest Boulevard out of Ridgecrest and on to Trona and Death Valley.

By air

Inyokern Airport - Ridgecrest is served by the Inyokern Airport (KIYK) which is a regional airport in the Indian Wells Valley Airport District. It is served by United Airlines via Skywest Airlines. It has one direct route to Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX) of which the connections are endless. The airport also has rental car services. Private planes are welcomed and stored as well.

Get around

Like most places in California, Ridgecrest is best navigated by car. Public transportation is extremely limited and may require arrangements in advance.

If you need to rent a car in Ridgecrest, here are your commercial options:

Ridgecrest also has the usual accommodations for travel by bicycle and on foot.

By taxi







Ridgecrest offers a range of accommodations from three-plus-star hotels to very cheap, bareboards establishments.




Bed & Breakfast

Long-term, Furnished, Specialty

Stay safe

Ridgecrest has a very low crime rate with virtually no violent crimes. However while driving use caution as the highways surrounding the area are frequented by impatient drivers who often speed and lose control of vehicles. Report any dangerous driving right away. The area is served by 6 different law enforcement agencies due to it being located at the intersection of 3 county lines as well as a military base. Your main concern in the area is from desert animals be alert and aware as there are many vennomous creatures including spiders, scorpions, as well as many snakes. Ridgecrest is also served by Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) should their services be needed.

Go next

One of the best things about Ridgecrest isn't what's in Ridgecrest at all - it's what's just outside of it! Many people who live here have come to recognize it as a kind of hub that is surrounded by an array of outdoor adventures, scenic places, and great getaways.

Routes through Ridgecrest

Bakersfield Inyokern  W  E  Death Valley N.P. Pahrump

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