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Soda Lake

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I will state that I/we went during the Superbloom of last year. The wildflowers were really... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Oceano, California
Local Eval= Otherworldly Alien landscape that is oddly serene. Great for locals.

Even though this is a rather short drive from much of the Central Coast Communities few people... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2017
Paul M
San Luis Obispo, California
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Soda Lake Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93453
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

I will state that I/we went during the Superbloom of last year. The wildflowers were really beautiful, and while I'm sure they bloom each year,during the droughts there will probably be a lot fewer. It was a really nice day spent "out in the sticks"....More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank robbiei468
Reviewed 25 December 2017

Even though this is a rather short drive from much of the Central Coast Communities few people either know or discuss visiting here. While people "infest" the entire area when Wildflowers bloom, it is worth a visit to see such interesting Alien landscape. Soda Lake...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Paul M
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

Date of experience: April 2017
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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

Date of experience: April 2017
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

Date of experience: April 2017
2  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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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

Date of experience: August 2016
2  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.

Date of experience: August 2015
11  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

Date of experience: September 2014
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.

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank GuitarManDoug
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