Carrizo Plain National Monument
Bureau of Land Management, California.
In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and consistent with state health orders, the BLM will temporarily close the Goodwin Education Center until further notice to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
For a list of closures please visit our COVID-19 Update page
All vehicles including UTVs on the monument must be street-legal (DMV plated) and all vehicles must stay on roads.
2021 Wild Flowers
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REMINDER:Please follow warning signs and respect private property when visiting your public lands. This is a remote area with limited towing services, no fuel, food or water nearby.
ROADS: Rain showers continue, please be cautious on dirt roads! Don’t drive into the flowers, park alongside the road (parallel) as not to obstruct other traffic and watch for pedestrians. Currently Simmler Road and Panorama Road are open. High clearance vehicles are recommended, especially in muddy areas. Soda Lake Road and Elkhorn Road are also open.
OverviewThe Carrizo Plain National Monument, located 100 airline miles (160 km) from Los Angeles, is an area by-passed by time. Soda Lake, its centerpiece, is a glistening bed of white salt, set within a vast open grassland, rimmed by steep mountains. The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, is an area culturally important to Native Americans, and is traversed by the San Andreas fault, which has created and moved mountain ranges, carved valleys and is marked by a subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and pools.
Goodwin Education Center
Open: December 1 - May 31.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Thursday - Sunday
Maps and brochures are available at the front door when the center is closed. Wheelchair accessible restrooms at the Education Center remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the year.
Contact the Education Center or make it your first stop to receive updated information about your visit to the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Get permits for Guided and Self-Guided Tours
Download the Carrizo Plain National Monument Recreation Map and Guide
Find the latest 2019 wildflower updates on BLM California social media:
Activities and Experiences
- Environmental Education
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
Carrizo Plain National Monument is west of Bakersfield, California.
This area is very remote and undeveloped, therefore it is recommended that you do not rely on GPS or other mapping programs to lead you to the park.