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Best trails in Carrizo Plain National Monument

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Explore the most popular trails in Carrizo Plain National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

The Carrizo Plain, 100 airline miles (160 km) north of Los Angeles, California is an area by-passed by time. Soda Lake, its centerpiece, is a glistening bed of white salt, set within a vast open grassland, rimmed by mountains. The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. It is traversed by the San Andreas fault, which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet close up, is seen in a subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds.

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Map of trails in Carrizo Plain National Monument
Park information
Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Contact
(805) 475-2131
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Top trails (4)
#1 - Selby Campground Loop Trail
Carrizo Plain National Monument
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Selby Campground Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Cuyama, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a nuShow more
#2 - Wallace Creek San Andreas Fault Line Hike
Carrizo Plain National Monument
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 49 m
Wallace Creek is a creek with a twist. A great earthquake shook the mountains, ripping a deep gash through the rock formations. Wallace creek displays a large tear stretching across the land over San Show more
#3 - Soda Lake Overlook and Boardwalk
Carrizo Plain National Monument
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 38 m
Soda Lake Overlook and Boardwalk is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Margarita, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarShow more
#4 - Painted Rock Trail
Carrizo Plain National Monument
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Note: Closed 3/1-7/15 for nesting bird season and access at that time is limited to guided tours only. At other times, you must visit recreation.gov to get a permit and access code for the gate.Show more