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Carrizo Plain National Monument Tours, CA
Painted Rock Self Guided TourHistoric Tour
1 hr. 30 min.
YOU MUST HAVE THE GATE CODE TO ACCESS PAINTED ROCK.
The Painted Rock pictograph site on the Carrizo Plain is recognized internationally as among the best examples of rock art in the world. It is visually stunning but also imbued with meaning and spiritual values still held by contemporary Native American people. When visiting this site, special care is necessary to insure the preservation of the rock paintings and in order to maintain respect for the sacred setting. We hope that you will have an opportunity to experience this special place. Please help us preserve and protect Painted Rock for the benefit of future generations through your stewardship.
The sandstone formation at Painted Rock has long drawn the attention of Carrizo Plain visitors. About 3,000 - 4,000 years ago, Native Americans began to paint their sacred images within the alcove of the rock. Not surprisingly, the power of this place continues to enthrall, and it still receives many visitors today.The Painted Rock Self Guided Tour Gives you a unique experience you cannot get any other place in the world. It is a 1.4 mile round trip hike where you get to experience Painted rock and its wonderful Native American Pictographs
Know Before You Go
Wear sturdy shoes for hiking. Bring lunch and plenty of water. Carpool whenever possible. Be prepared for intense heat and sun; bring a hat and sunscreen. There is a possibility of muddy roads and changeable weather. Pets are not allowed at Painted Rock. Rattlesnakes are commonly seen on the trail and at Painted Rock.
There is an Accessible Restroom at the trail head but the trail itself is not.
The only aminity this tour has in a restroom at the trailhead. There is no water.
If you are approaching from Highway 58, we are located east of Santa Margarita and west of McKittrick. Turn south off of Hwy. 58 onto Soda Lake Road and continue for 13 miles, then turn right onto Painted Rock Road. If you are approaching from Highway 166/33, Soda Lake Road is near the top of the grade north of Cuyama and south of Maricopa. Look for the now-closed Reye's Station (the relict Union 76 gas station), which is at the intersection of Hwy. 166/33 and Soda Lake Road. Follow Soda Lake Road northwest for approximately 30 miles, then turn left onto Painted Rock Road.
Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.