Area Information

The most notable feature in the nearby area is the Coso People rock art in Big and Little Petroglyph Canyons. The Coso People were prolific artists and traded with distant tribes using tools crafted of stone. Archeological recovery at coastal Chumash sites in California indicates considerable trade with the Coso People.

Other traditional activities include:

  • Hunting and Shooting
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Dirk Biking and Off-Roading
  • Golf
  • Flying and Gliding
Ridgecrest is home to one of the country's greatest Naval Air research facilities in the nation. Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake is the United States Navy's largest single landholding, representing 85 percent of the Navy's land for weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) use and 38 percent of the Navy's land holdings worldwide. In total, its two ranges and main site cover more than 1,100,000 acres (4,500 km2), an area larger than the state of Rhode Island.
The Maturango Museum is best known for the guided tours on China Lake Naval Weapons Station (NAWS). The Museum offers exhibits and displays featuring both the natural and the cultural history and diversity of the Northern Mojave Desert with exhibits of plants, animals, Native American artifacts, geology and contemporary arts and crafts.