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Owls, native american paintings, San Andreas fault, soliude

I visited the park for Memorial Day Weekend, and was very lucky that the weather was quite cool... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
Anna A
Fullerton, California
San Andreas Fault

At Wallace Creek you can see the fault. Proper that the Temblor mountains are here. It is dry... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Helena, MT
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17495 Soda Lake Road, Maricopa, CA 93453
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Planned to camp for the night, mid June. Free, much better than the hotel rates that State Parks are charging these days for a single person and a small tent. Was all prepared. Have camped at other places in a 100 degrees heat, so not...More

Thank Bert V
Reviewed 29 May 2018

I visited the park for Memorial Day Weekend, and was very lucky that the weather was quite cool (about 70F) and it was mostly overcast. I mention this immediately because as soon as the sun came out for even 5 minutes - it became extremely...More

Thank Anna A
Reviewed 17 May 2018

At Wallace Creek you can see the fault. Proper that the Temblor mountains are here. It is dry country but was green in the spring when we were here. A decent amount of birds

Thank vintagetrailer
Reviewed 3 April 2018

The wild flowers are not blooming much this year but the grass is green and the wild life is plenty. We saw a bald eagle, loggerhead shrike, barn owls and short eared owls. Lots of rabbits too - cotton tail and jack.

4  Thank Thomas F
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Yes, I am the same person who gave high score last year. Due to lack of rain this winter, there is absolutely no flowers this time. I drove in from 33/166 and went up the length of the park, travelled on Simmler, 7 mile and...More

10  Thank Robert H
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

We visited on April 20, 2017 at the tail end of this year's superbloom. The flowers were stunning in this semi-arid place. This is a remote location with no services other than a few outhouses for day use visitors. Cell service is spotty. Bring food...More

2  Thank Basinman
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

I've never seen so many wild flowers in my life. There were miles and miles of colored hills and plains. Great for picnics and hiking, or even to drive through. There are absolutely no gas stations near by, so fill up before you go, or...More

3  Thank TawnyLeann
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We were privileged to visit Carrizo Plain during the height of the spring wildflowers. WOW!! We have never seen such beautiful flowers. It is probably a flat bare hot desert most of the rest of the year, but if you go in the spring, expect...More

1  Thank M5299TPjohnp
Reviewed 18 June 2017

We stayed here on the US Memorial Day long weekend. It was super hot, but we like it that way. The free campground was full, but still pretty quiet. What a peaceful place full of lots of great birds. We can't wait to go back....More

1  Thank HeavilyMeditated
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Hidden jewel in central California. Greatest collection of spring wild flowers so time your visit to match the wild flower bloom. There are many unpaved roads. The San Andreas fault runs along the eastern edge of the valley. Soda lake is also interesting.

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21 April 2017|
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Response from Hedgehog1313 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, it has been nearly a month since we were there so I have no idea of the current wildflower bloom. Search for the BLM website for Carizzo Plain NM. There is also an information line that may be able to give you an idea... More
6 April 2017|
Response from MySeaBiscuit13 | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, just reading your question now. You have probably already gone. It is off the road on the way to Selby campground. You will see it on your left as you are driving down the road to the campground.
4 April 2017|
Response from Hedgehog1313 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Best Western Taft Inn, a really great place, very clean and well kept. Ate at the OT Roadhouse which is just up the street. We arrived from the north on Hwy 58 and returned the same way the next morning... More