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Things to Know Before You Go. Carrizo Plain National Monument


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Special Rules for Carrizo

Please observe the following rules during your visit to the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Painted Rock Exclusion Zone:  The following items/activities are not allowed in the Painted Rock Exclusion Zone:  Horses and dogs, non-motorized bicycles (except the Painted Rock parking area), cache-type activities (geocaching, earth caching, etc.), discharge of firearms, and campfires.

Pictographs and Petroglyphs:  The making of digitial, photograpic, print, or video images of any of the pictographs or petroglyphs, or any graffiti that overlies or is adjacent to, for commerical use is not allowed.

Weapons: Recreational target shooting is prohibited within the entire monument.  Public lands within 1/4 mile of any campground, Painted Rock, facility (including the Washburn, Saucito, and MU ranch headquarters), developed overlooks, interpretive sites or pullouts, are closed to the discharge of firearms.  Use of replica weapons (such as paintball, airsoft, or war game apparatus is not allowed on the monument.  In addition, there is a No Shooting Zone established/marked around Painted Rock and the Goodwin Education Center. 

Carrizo Photo, by Ann Fairchild, vulture on fencepost

Photo by
Anne Fairchild

Access: All public lands within 1/4 mile of Sulphur Springs are closed to public access, in order to protect sensitive resources.  All public lands within 1/4 mile of Painted Rock are closed to public access from March 1 through July 15 each year, except for tours authorized by the Bureau of Land Management, for the same reason. 

Vehicles: Only street legal vehicles are allowed on the monument (except for portions of Temblor Ridge Road).  Vehicle use within the monument is limited to designated roads.  Designated roads are defined as existing well-traveled roads which have been identified and mapped.

Except on county roads, or unless otherwise posted, theStuck pickup - historical photo speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Vehicles parked adjacent to any open road should park as close to the road as possible without preventing passage of other vehicles.  Roads designated as being for administrative use only are open to bicycles and other nonmotorized vehicles, pedestrians, and casual horse use, unless otherwise posted. 

Camping: Overnight camping is allowed only within designated campgrounds and designated car-camping areas and is limited to 14 days within any 30 day period, for a total of no more than 28 days within any one year period.  Camping or overnight parking is prohibited within 200 yards of any natural or artificial water source.

Pets:  Must remain leashed or caged at all developed sites, including visitor center, interpretive areas, trail heads and camping areas.  At all other locations pets must be controlled by the owner at all times.

MiscellaneouHorseback riderss:

Operation of motor vehicles, aircraft, and boats and flotation devices of any kind, is prohibited on or within Soda Lake and any adjacent stream, channel, dry lake, and body of water.

Property left unattended for more than three days may be removed and stored at the owner's expense. 

Organized groups with 20 or more persons or 5 or more vehicles must secure a special recreation permit for any activities on the monument.

All research and study activities require a permit or written authorization from the BLM.

The use of metal detectors is prohibited.

The release of non-native or captive-held native species on BLM lands within the monument is not authorized.

Enjoy your visit.


 While visiting your National Monument, please remember to...     

"Leave No Trace"

The Carrizo Plain is a grand and glorious place. Please help us in our efforts to maintain the integrity of the biological, cultural and historical resources found here. Please read and practice these "Leave No Trace" guidelines.

Plan Ahead and Prepare:
  • Get information about the CPNM, your hunt area or travel route from any of the Managing Partners (see home page for contact information), or the Goodwin Education (visitor) Center.
  • Start your CPNM visit with a full tank of gas.
  • Prepare for bad weather and unsafe road conditions with extra food, water, clothing, first aid kit and signal mirror.
  • Respect private and public road closures.
  • Avoid trespassing onto private lands within the CPNM.
  • If you are hunting, know the California hunting regulations and abide by them.
  • Bring maps and a compass, and know how to use them to find your way and location even if you have a GPS unit.
Vehicle Use and Travel:
  • Appropriate vehicle use protects wildlife and wildlife habitat.  The speed limit is 25 MPH except on County roads.
  • Protect wildlife and livestock; leave gates as you find them.
  • Don't operate motorized vehicles off designated travel routes.  A list/map of open routes is available from the BLM.
  • Prevent damage to roads and vegetation; avoid travel when conditions are muddy.
On the Trail:
  • Walk on established trails when possible.
  • Keep bicycles on roads only.
  • Prevent erosion and trail widening by using the existing tread surface.
  • Don't shortcut switchbacks.
  • Hunters - drag any gut piles, skins, etc. well away from trails and highly visible and frequented areas. Leave in shrubbery or under trees.
At Camp:
  • A good campsite is found, not made.
  • Place kitchen areas, tents and stock on areas where obvious signs of prior use exist.  If outside of a developed campground, leave car at the edge of roadway; do not drive to your chosen camp site.
  • Camp at least 200 yards away from water sources.
  • Camp only in developed campgrounds or in designated car-camping areas.
  • Hunters, please do not leave gut piles or other animal parts in campgrounds.
Pack it In, Pack it Out:
  • Pack out everything you brought in with you: spent brass, shotgun shells, cigarette butts, etc.
  • Protect your food from animals by storing rations securely.
  • Keep the wild in wildlife; don't bury food or leave it behind.
Properly Dispose of Human Waste:
  • Use established restroom facilities when possible.  Check kiosks and bulletin boards for locations within the monument.
  • Bury human waste in catholes 4" - 8" deep at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails.  Cover and disguise the cathole.  Pack out all toilet paper and dispose of properly.
Leave What You Find:
  • If you alter an area in any way, restore its natural appearance before leaving.
  • Leave historical or cultural artifacts as you find them.  It's the law.
  • Signs are expensive.  Please don't use them to sight firearms.
  • Many people visit the CPNM for the scenery and quiet they find there. Target shooting is illegal within the CPNM.
Minimize Use and Impact of Fires:
  • Stoves are the best option.  Campfires, fire rings and wood collection can scar the CPNM's beauty and destroy habitat.
  • If you must build a fire, use an established fire ring.
  • Bring your own wood with you.  Do not burn plastics, glass or cans.  Haul your trash out with you.
  • Obtain a campfire permit before building a fire outside of a designated campground.  Permits are available from the visitor center, a ranger or the Bakersfield BLM office. 

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Bureau of Land Management
Bakersfield Field Office
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Goodwin Education Center
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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