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Carrizo Plain National Monument

17495 Soda Lake Road, Maricopa, CA 93453
+1 805-475-2131
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Wildflower Superbloom

We visited on April 20, 2017 at the tail end of this year's superbloom. The flowers were stunning... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Basinman
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Super Bloom

I've never seen so many wild flowers in my life. There were miles and miles of colored hills and... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
TawnyLeann
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Bakersfield, California
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17495 Soda Lake Road, Maricopa, CA 93453
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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
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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
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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
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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

Thank Leasa H
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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.

Thank Cavydad
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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We knew that we were visiting at the end of the season so we were not looking for a super bloom. We looked for birds and were not disappointed. A nice ride through a California habitat that has mostly disappeared. We had a short visit...More

Thank Tavishboo
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

Out of the way, this little traveled open area has a lot going for it. A long bumpy dirt road brings you into a wonderland of wild flowers and lots of room to explore.

2  Thank Ron Y
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

This was not my first visit to this lesser known park. We had an unusual amount of rain this year and the wildflowers were extra abundant. Don't go just for the wildflowers this year as they don't last long, but the park is still worth...More

4  Thank Kenneth L
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

Acres and acres solid with flowers; ranching history; soda lake. Drove south to north on Soda Lake Road. The road is ok if dry. NO services available, so come prepared with plenty of gas, water & food.

Thank Harold W
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

This is our first visit here. We heard about this place from our friends who visited this place during late March. Visiting in latter April is bit a late but you can still see many patches of yellow flowers. Our visit spanned over two days....More

3  Thank regis k
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wemackymacky
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
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Abhiram S
6 April 2017|
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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.
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AshishTibrewal
4 April 2017|
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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
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