Carrizo Plain National Monument, Maricopa
Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
Carrizo Plain National Monument is located in Maricopa. Carrizo Plain National Monument is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Maricopa Edition.
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We took the road from Maricopa Hwy 166 Rd 33 We have taken right after the green sign indicating 'Soda Lake 32' This careful road signs announce the possibility to see herds of cows on this road. Soda... read more »
One of the more interesting locations is Painted Rock, covered with ancient Indian Paintings up to 3000 years old. You need to request a free permit to go to it. If you get the pass code for the gate,... read more »
My wife and I love the desert. And this place did not disappoint. The visitors center is small but the rangers were nice. We saw a wide variety of birds, we woke up to them singing to us. lot's of liz... read more »
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.
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.
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
Interesting landscape, looks like the moon in some places. Depending on the time of year it can get quite hot out here so pack water. In the springtime the flowers can be beautiful.
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