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Outstanding Wildflowers

In a winter where we get rain, the wildflower bloom is simply AMAZING! March and April are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Paso Robles Wine Region, California
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We came for the pictographs but enjoyed seeing Soda Lake and taking the Wallace Creek trail. Things... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Poor3%
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17495 Soda Lake Road, Maricopa, CA 93453
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

In a winter where we get rain, the wildflower bloom is simply AMAZING! March and April are generally the best. This place is not crowded and a great place to visit

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Pcorman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came for the pictographs but enjoyed seeing Soda Lake and taking the Wallace Creek trail. Things were still dry and the area was very quiet. We saw as many fox as we did people. We want to come back when the hills are greener...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Erickson18
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we were unable to explore all the features of Carrizo Plain. This is more than enough reason for us to return. What we did see and explore was stunning!! I should mention that even before we officially entered Carrizo Plain,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

I don’t usually downgrade a trail but this one is only worth doing if your camping here and want to see the views. I did it clockwise and the first 1.5 miles was uphill to a dirt road. On the way I found out there...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 010bertv
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank Basinman
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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