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Horseback Riding. Carrizo Plain National Monument

With its vast open spaces, horseback riding is an excellent way to see the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Things to be aware of:

  • If you are a member of a group of 20 or more, you must secure a permit from the BLM office in Bakersfield (661- 391- 6048).
  • There is not water in all troughs. Water for horses is normally available at the Selby and KCL Campgrounds. 
  • Please park vehicles and trailers at an existing corral or impacted area such as a campground.
  • Please dispose of horse manure from your camping or loading area by removing and spreading elsewhere in a nearby field particularly if you're in a designated campground.
  • At the end of your stay, pack out all remaining hay and feed to prevent the spread of alien plant and weed seeds.
  • Make sure you know where you are. Please respect private property and leave gates as you find them. Horse gates have been installed in some locations for your convenience. Maps are available through the Education Center or the BLM Bakersfield Field Office.
  • If camping overnight, make sure you have the necessary permits and are careful to burn only wood that has been brought in by you. Do not scavenge dead wood; even though dead, it remains as habitat or shelter for many animals.

Horseback riders on the Carrizo

Pond on the Carrizo


Pack out all trash. Pack it in, pack it out!



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Bakersfield Field Office
Carrizo Plain National Monument
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Phone: (805) 475-2131
Open: December 1 - May 31.
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Th. - Su.
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Bureau of Land Management
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone: (661) 391-6000
Fax: (661) 391-6041
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., M-F
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