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Carrizo Plain Wildflowers

Went to this area in April of 2017 to view the spectacular wildflower bloom. Only saw Soda Lake... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2017
Mill Valley, California
Recently been there for Spring Bloom 2017

This year's spring bloom was pretty spectacular because of the rains. Miles and miles of yellow... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Liza W
San Luis Obispo, California
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San Luis Obispo, CA
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Reviewed 15 June 2017

Went to this area in April of 2017 to view the spectacular wildflower bloom. Only saw Soda Lake from afar since we were there only for a half day, so I cannot say much about Soda Lake. Facilities at Carrizo Plain National Monument are very...More

Thank larryb785
Reviewed 6 May 2017

This year's spring bloom was pretty spectacular because of the rains. Miles and miles of yellow flowers. It s a very hot place in the summer months. Otherwise, outside of the bloom, it's rather deserted. Good for cyclng with low traffic. There is a rock...More

2  Thank Liza W
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Soda Lake is large (for this part of California) but shallow lake at the north end of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. You can walk to the lake edge which may be muddy. There is an overlook across the road. Wild flowers. These are well...More

1  Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 14 April 2017

There was water in the lake that showed the reflections of the flowers. The flowers were so pretty. It was well worth the drive.

4  Thank Sherri D
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Soda Lake doesn't have much water in it right now, but when it does it teams with tiny saltwater shrimp that birds eat. Soda Lake is in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a big, dry, almost underpopulated area. If driving from SLO, use Highway 58,...More

1  Thank Tommy O
Reviewed 4 August 2015

With a name like Soda Lake you know what is in store- salt. Anybody who reviewed this place in the negative was obviously expecting Disneyland. Its not, and thats what makes it awesome for tranauility seekers. It's nature - pure and raw and beautiful.

8  Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 25 December 2014

It's 65 miles away from San Luis Obispo! This lake might be interesting to some people...it's part of the Carrizo Plain National Monument...but it's a 90 minute drive to the lake! The area is a semi-arid part of California with very little population. One feels...More

2  Thank Rogerdob
Reviewed 7 October 2014

I just have to say wow. Come see it for yourself. You will see what I mean. Another one of the mysteries of San Luis Obispo County.

1  Thank GuitarManDoug
Reviewed 20 June 2014

I've been to Soda Lake several times over the years and have enjoyed it every time. There is an overlook on a nearby hill (restroom facilities) which is a must-do. Be sure to also walk along the shore boardwalk. The lake is an Audubon "Important...More

4  Thank Howard-Clark-Jr
Reviewed 5 March 2014

It is a longer drive but make sure you come in from Highway 166 end, I think a more interesting drive. The lake is very different for our area with many birds. It is also close the the San Andreas fault line, which is interesting...More

6  Thank golfingslo
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