Spring is a wonderful time to visit Carrizo Plain National Monument in Central California. In a good bloom year, the wildflower bloom is exceptional.

You will see vast expanses of wildflowers, mainly in yellow, with some purple and orange. Many varieties of wildflowers bloom on the plain in ideal conditions. 

Carrizo Plain National Monument is located in San Luis Obispo County, about an hour from Paso Robles. Many people visit for the day from LA and the SF Bay Area.

Wildflower bloom usually peaks in early April, with local news media usually reporting specifics by year. Visitors driving out for wildflowers should verify current bloom status before heading out.

Other than wildflowers, Carrizo Plain is also home to birds and wildlife, so bring binoculars! Pronghorn may be seen, as well as rabbits and birds.

Soda Lake Road is the main road through the monument. It is only partially paved. Other roads are dirt. Roads in the monument can be rutted and vehicles can get stuck.

The overlook at Soda Lake is a great place from which to take in views of the lake and the carpets of wildflowers. A short climb takes you to the top of the hill.

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