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Photograph America Newsletter on Carrizo Plains Wildflowers, California
 

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is located in southwestern California, one hundred miles northwest of Los Angeles and halfway between Bakersfield and the coast. It's one of those places that few people visit and even avid nature photographers may not know about. Designated as a national monument in 2001, this remote basin has the largest display of spring wildflowers in California. The wildflower season usually starts in late March, peaks in mid-April, and ends in mid-May.

Surrounded by mountain ranges, this remote basin is fifteen miles wide and stretches fifty miles long from northwest to southeast, covering 250,000 acres. To the west are the Caliente Mountains. To the east is the Temblor Range. Between the Temblor Range and the Carrizo Plain runs the infamous San Andreas Fault, visible as it runs in a straight line at the base of the Elkhart Escarpment.

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The Carrizo Plain National Monument, a remote basin northwest of Los Angeles and halfway between Bakersfield and the coast, has the largest display of spring wildflowers in California. The wildflower display usually starts in late March, peaks in mid-April, and ends in mid-May.
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Locations
  • Caliente Mountains
  • Elkhorn Road
  • Goodwin Education Center
  • Highway 166
  • Maricopa
  • McKittrick
  • Painted Rock
  • Penny Bar and Grill
  • San Andreas Fault
  • Santa Margarita
  • Selby Rocks
  • Seven Mile Road
  • Shell Creek Road
  • Simmler Road
  • Soda Lake Road
  • Taft
  • Temblor Ranges
  • Wallace Creek