The plains offer colorful explosions of Spring wildflowers and a glimpse into California as it once was; untouched and pristine. The Carrizo Plain National Monument spans nearly 250,000 acres (1,000 sq km) east of Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County. The area, which was made a national monument in 2001 and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2012, is hom
The plains offer colorful explosions of Spring wildflowers and a glimpse into California as it once was; untouched and pristine. The Carrizo Plain National Monument spans nearly 250,000 acres (1,000 sq km) east of Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County. The area, which was made a national monument in 2001 and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2012, is home to a vast array of wildlife, flora and natural phenomena, including North America’s fastest land animal, the pronghorn antelope, as well as condors, kit foxes and the blunt-nosed leopard lizard. Soda Lake sits at the center of the plain and is a seasonal body of water that is one of the largest alkali wetlands in the state.
In the Summer time, the wildflowers give way to golden grassland. Enjoy nearby mountain wineries and local beaches a beautiful 1 hour drive West. In the Fall, Soda Lake is full of water and stocked with fish, so bring those tackle boxes and bathing suits. Whether you come to check out this rare ecosystem, Los Padres national forest, or the local wine tasting and nearby beaches, you are sure to find something you will remember for a lifetime, every day of your trip.
**Note** Technically campfires are not allowed. If you choose to have a fire, please come prepared to cover it completely with dirt, stir, and cover again. You will be responsible for any damage to the property. There is 1 fire pit on the property and 1 clearing where a deeper pit can be dug. These are on a 1st come, 1st served basis
**Note** the roads immediately surrounding the site are not paved and can be tricky in rainy weather. We recommend 4 wheel drive and / or traveling in groups. Luckily, rain is rare in this high desert plain! 4 wheel drive is NOT necessary when the roads are dry.
**Note** There is a possibility you will not be the only camper on the property. There is a limit of 4 parties on the 2.5 acre property, so there is plenty of possibility for privacy. There are no designated sites, just a plot of land on a 1st come, 1st served basis.
**Note** As of July 2020, there is no water in the lake. It is a dry, salty lake bed that still very cool to check out but definitely not swimmable.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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Super remote, very peaceful, and good for star gazing. However, it’s quite confusing to get to as it’s just a plot of land in the middle of nowhere; thankfully there is cell service. The pictures of the place don’t depict how it truly looks. Note that the “fire ring” can hardly be called one and there is no wood anywhere near by and the radius is probably less than a foot. A little creepy at night, and the area is very confusing to get out of.
Not what i was expecting
Quiet and amazing for star gazing
The land itself
-2 acres in the open where multiple other lots are surrounding with nothing built
-I was expecting to be alone but when I showed up there was someone else and there was no privacy due to this
I would have driven back if I wasn’t so deep.
Come prepared if you choose to go
It’s possible that the site would be more pleasant in the spring with wildflowers but since there is no natural shade cover anywhere nearby it’s pretty bleak in the summer. When we arrived on Saturday it was 99 degrees at around 4:30pm. As described by other raters, it was not as private as you would expect it to be. Since it is a flat open lot you can clearly see the homes scattered throughout the area and they can likely see you.
We left pretty quickly after arriving since we didn’t bring an easy up or anything like it and felt a uncomfortable with the lack of privacy.
You get what you pay for...
You get what you pay for. Hard to tell how big the property is, maybe a couple acres? The listing is a bit confusing, we booked because it allowed campfires but the emailed instructions had no campfires for two rules? Other than that, there wasn’t really a designated camp site from what we could tell and more of a pick a spot and claim it.
Beautiful and distant
Definitely in the middle of nowhere, but so quiet and beautiful. Loved the privacy from the public and the incredible night sky, but felt slightly uncomfortable with the close proximity of the other bookers since the sight is literally just a huge plot of land, but they were respectful. Overall a beautiful sight with an amazing sunset and no mosquitos which was a huge bonus.
It was it was like a pool side breeze in the evening and cool breezy wonderful weather in the morning. About 11 AM it got really hot to stay at the site. The grass could be mowed as the grass is so dry it crunches as you step on it. I recommend this campground for a fall or spring or maybe one night in the summer if you’re planning to leave before 11 AM. One other thing is I purposely selected this campground because it said campground fires are allowed then when I purchased the site it read campfires allowed at this Location and also said campfires not allowed. I was conflicted as to weather I could use make a campfire. However a man with a long white beard in a white truck came over and said he would be very angry at us if we started a fire and that a fire already started that day in the valley. The site are pretty far from each other so there’s definitely space between the other 3 or 4 camp sites. There’s not much designation that it’s a campground other then pink flags on the land. The evening sunset was beautiful and the sunrise as well, I really just couldn’t handle the heat in the day with no shade or trees nearby. The host was helpful in assisting me in locating the site when I was lost. The only other thing or concern I had was that I booked 2 nights and I didn’t come back for the second night because the grass was so dry I was terrified to start a fire as I was driving the roads near the campground and to the camp spot, I would come back maybe months of January- May or October through December as I really enjoyed the seclusion and the beautiful Mountain View’s and the fresh mountain air the close proximity to the ocean.
We went in the summer which was a bad idea.. no shade at all just dry grass, wind, and dust. Kind of in the middle of no where and there were other campers on the same property and absolutely no privacy from each other. A local neighbor drove over to us to tell us he did not like us out there because of the fire risk and his house basically overlooked the property. We were going to stay for 2 nights and only stayed for one.