Carrizo Plain Hiking Trails
Hikers of all levels will find plenty of options to explore the Carrizo Plain National Monument's diverse landscapes. The park has several well-marked trails of varying lengths, from short loops to multi-day backcountry hikes. Some of the most popular include the Soda Lake Overlook Trail, the Painted Rock Trail (a 2.5-mile moderate hike that takes visitors to a site with ancient Native American rock art), and the Caliente Mountain Trail, a challenging 7.5-mile trek that leads to the park's highest peak, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding hills and plains. Each trail has its own rewards, such as panoramic views, colorful rock formations, or hidden canyons. Just bring enough water, food, and sunscreen, and be prepared for sudden weather changes.