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Carrizo Plain National Monument

Directions


A word of warning.  If naviating with a GPS unit, your should compare information on GPS unit with a map to ensure GPS unit is routing you to the correct location.  Below are some recommended routes.

Soda Lake Road, which bisects the 37 mile length Carrizo Plain National Monument, is the only reliable road.  About 18 miles of Soda Lake Road's length is paved, the remaining 19 miles is dirt.  The dirt portion of Soda Lake Road is south of the Goodwin Education Center.  Soda Lake Road is well maintained and safe for low clearance vehicles, but you need to be alert to unsigned curves, cattle guards and loose gravel.

Truck stuck in the mud!

Don't let this be you!

Rain and erosion each winter leaves many roads impassible even for four wheel drive vehicles.  Panorama and Simmler Roads are usually impassable due to mud long after the last rain.  Once the roads have dried out, gullies, ruts, rock-slides and wash-outs often render roads impassable, especially for low clearance vehicles.

  

 

Carrizo is best accessed via Soda Lake Road, which intersects with CA-58 on the north end of the monument and CA-166 on the south. 

Directions From Los Angeles

Travel north on Interstate Highway 5 to Exit 257. Take CA-58 west toward Buttonwillow / McKittrick. In 16 miles CA-58 intersects CA-33; turn left and pass through McKittrick, as you pass through McKittrick, turn right to continue on CA-58 west.  In 27 miles turn left on Soda Lake Road toward California Valley and the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  In 7.6 miles you will arrive at the boundary of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  As you travel south on Soda Lake Road be sure to pull off at overlook hill and the Soda Lake boardwalk.  Seven miles from the boundary, watch for Goodwin Education Center sign, a dirt road heads west (right) 1/2 mile to the center.

Directions from Bakersfield and Fresno

From Fresno take CA-41 south to Interstate 5.  Continue south approximately 17 miles to exit 257 - State Highway 58.  Follow directions below from Bakersfield.

From Bakersfield take CA-58 west.

If coming from Bakersfield or Fresno, once you arrive at the junction of Interstate Highway 5 and CA-58, continue west on CA-58, 16.2 miles until it intersects CA-33.  At CA-33 turn left, as you pass through McKittrick turn right to continue on CA-58 west.  In 27 miles turn left (south) on Soda Lake Road toward California Valley and the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  In 7.6 miles you will arrive at the boundary of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  As you travel south on Soda Lake Road be sure to pull off at overlook hill and the Soda Lake boardwalk.  Seven miles from the boundary, watch for Goodwin Education Center sign, a dirt road heads west (right) 1/2 mile to the center.

From the Central Coast

Take US Highway 101 to Santa Margarita (located halfway between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo).  From Santa Margarita take CA-58 east about 40 miles, turn right (south) on Soda Lake Road toward California Valley and the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  In 7.6 miles you will arrive at the boundary of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  As you travel south on Soda Lake Road be sure to pull off at overlook hill and the Soda Lake boardwalk.  Seven miles from the boundary, watch for Goodwin Education Center sign, a dirt road heads west (right) 1/2 mile to the center.

NOTE:  We suggest you start your visit at the Goodwin Education Center, which is best accessed by entering the monument from CA-58.  After coming by the visitor's center, you may want to continue south on Soda Lake Road, and continue on your way home via State Highway 166. 


 

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