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Carrizo Plain National Monument

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Carrizo Plain National Monument

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17495 Soda Lake Road, Maricopa, CA 93453
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Expedition610188 wrote a review Apr 2020
Rancho Palos Verdes, California2 contributions
The Carrizzo Plain is probably the most isolated location in Southern California. Here you can see, in spring miles of flowers in bloom surrounded by colourful terrain. Also remnants of pioneers attempts to tame or use this hostile environment. On the east side of the valley, at the base of the Temblor Range, the San Andreas fault can be seen.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Mordrik wrote a review Sep 2019
Santee12 contributions3 helpful votes
We went during the super bloom. I haven't seen anything like it, simply amazing. The fields went on and on, brilliant color.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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usuallyhappytravels wrote a review Jun 2019
San Jose, California368 contributions200 helpful votes
This large plain is flanked by hills in the distance, and no buildings. There is a single main road (primarily dirt road, but wash board style, and OK for regular vehicle, at least when dry) that goes through. Entrance is free, and you will stop several times to take photos. It is a little 'out-of-your-way' when going down Interstate 5 or taking 101, however if you do have the time it is totally worth it. Lots of wild flowers in March/April, and not many people. It is possible to camp here, however for some of those campgrounds, 4 wheel drive is probably recommended. the soda lake is a good stop for photos, as well as the landscape in general.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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jettarae wrote a review May 2019
Carpinteria, California86 contributions26 helpful votes
the rains depend on flowers and the smells fantastic please be careful as went on a Saturday headed on 166 towards Cuyama bad ,bad accident killed head-on crash we waited for 1 1/2 hours we will probably go up 5 towards Taft go in that way over the oil area and then visit then go out towards Santa Margarita. Some people camp probably worth as a very long trip
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Susie1028 wrote a review May 2019
San Diego, California1,985 contributions367 helpful votes
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Carrizo Plain is a gem, especially during the spring, when is affords an absolutely magnificent display of yellow and purple flowers in the foothills and valley floor. This area is remote and rugged, it is wilderness managed by the Bureau of Land Management, with very few facilities and modern luxuries (paved roads, restrooms, restaurants). Located in San Luis Obispo County, this is the largest single native grassland remaining in California. Other highlights include Soda Lake, an alkaline lake, and Painted Rock containing Chumash and Yokut rock art.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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