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Carrizo Plain National Monument, Maricopa

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  • Imagine that you are standing in the middle of a plain - wind, sunshine, wildflowers all around you and the lake sits right in front you. It really is a throwback to the early 20th century. The Soda L...  more »
  • What an awesome road trip thru the Carrizo Plains!!! So serene! The Road had some potholes but we drove around them. Soda Lake Road was open all the way to Paso Robles (destination). We left from Ojai...  more »
  • Awesome wildflower display now. Went mid -week few crowds but note that visitor center is only open Thursday-Sunday. They have maps outside even if closed. Bathrooms open 24/7. Saw many varieties of f...  more »
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  • Beauty and solitude. Carrizo Plain is not well known, and so is very lightly visited. It has an austere beauty that all deserts share. There are a few camping options, but everything here is minimal. You'll have to bring everything you need, and pack it all back out. 4WD is recommended as an unexpected rain shower can turn the mostly unpaved roads into mud/sand pits that can trap you good! Try to hit the wildflower bloom in spring. It doesn't last long, and some years doesn't show at all, but when it's on it's worth the effort! Also, make sure to make the hike to Painted Rock.
  • I'm not sure why there's a National Monument here. It's a barren plain with no real features other than a dry lake bed. The "hot ticket" hike, Painted Rock, requires you to get a permit in advance, and the gate for the road to the trailhead is locked. I went on Saturday of Labor Day weekend, at 2 p.m., and the vistor center was closed. Access from the southern entry is through a gravel road.
  • Barren but beautiful in it's own sad way. The Salt Flats are quite interesting. A good long drive to the middle of no-where. Be prepared just in case...stock car with H20 & blankets. NO HELP HERE! BTW- Not really worth a drive from LA or SF....but more locally it is.
  • If you like solitude, remote places, dirt roads, wide open landscapes and dark skies filled with millions of stars at night and can be sufficiently responsible to not die, this place is amazing. A photographer's dream. I went in the off season and saw three humans the entire time i was there. Very close to LA. Lots of busted/ancient/rusted stuff from years past, the San Andreas fault passes through and is very...imposing. A note to civilized people: If you need a starbucks to feel secure, get nervous when out of cellular range, are the type of person that runs out of gas, can't read a map, and/or expect "services", please don't come. There is none of that. You could die, no one would know.
  • Worst dirt road ever been. No landscape, total draught, no vegetation, no flowers. All dead. Do not waste time there. Careful at rangers trucks, that drive fast on those roads, creating a huge cloud behind them. It was beautiful now a total disaster. Do not take your car. Rent one. Better do not go