The tour begins at the Soda Lake Overlook. After an introduction and brief history, the group will explore Soda Lake and the Carrizo Plain's plant communities.
Following this, the group caravans to the Painted Rock parking lot for lunch (Participants provide own sack lunch). After lunch, the group hikes approximately 2/3 mile to Painted Rock. Although the path does not have a significant change in elevation, it is not handicapped accessible. Time spent within the Painted Rock alcove may be limited to protect prairie falcons or other nesting birds. The tour then returns and ends at the Goodwin Education Center.
Soda Lake / Painted Rock Tour is offered on Saturdays from the Third Saturday in March to the Last Saturday in May (Tours may be cancelled due to rainy weather and impassibe roads).
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
Painted Rock Self Guided Tour is offered 7 days a week from July 16th to February 28th/29th.
The tours meet at the Goodwin Education Center off of Soda Lake Road at 10 a.m. and will caravan up to the ranch. Visitors should bring a sack lunch to enjoy while sitting on the ranch house veranda at the tour conclusion.
The El Saucito Ranch has the distinction of having the oldest standing historic house on the
Monument and is the only ranch on the monument to have been occupied from the pioneer period to modern time. Historic sites such as the El Saucito Ranch are special places that tell us a story about the heritage of California.
The tour includes a short hike lead by a BLM employee around the grounds of the ranch, descriptions of the facilities and the operation of the historic ranch, and stories about the way life was 100+ years ago on the Carrizo Plain.
Saucito Ranch Tour will only be offered on April 7, 2013.
Prices: General Admission: $0.00
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