Carrizo Plain National Monument
Day Hiking and nature
Visitors to the Carrizo Plain National Monument are encouraged to stop in the Taft Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau for information, maps, and directors for visiting the Carrizo. Natural and human history in a background of scenic beauty awaits the visitor to the Carrizo Plain; however, Soda Lake, the glistening centerpiece which bisects the 37-mile Monument should be approached on Soda Lake Road, off Highway 166/33, which many say is the only reliable road into the Carrizo. The Goodwin Education Center is the best place to access information about the Plain, home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species. The Carrizo is also important to Native Americans whose presence is especially notable in the area's Painted Rock.
The Monument is northwest from the City of Maricopa, CA, following along the San Andreas Fault Line. On the northeast, the Temblor Range can be seen. Santa Marguerita and Taft are two of the known "Gateway to the Carrizo Plain."