Geology and Ecology of National Parks

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Geology And Ecology Of Carrizo Plain National Monument

Geology And Ecology Of Carrizo Plain National Monument

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A map of Carrizo Plain National Monument

A map of Carrizo Plain National Monument

This is a map of Carrizo Plain National Monument located in southeastern San Luis Obispo County, California.

The Carrizo Plain Natural Area became the Carrizo Plain National Monument in January 2001 by presidential proclamation. The Monument is noted for its geologic features (including the San Andreas Fault and Soda Dry Lake), archeological sites, and wildlife. The park is the largest remaining remnant of the original San Joaquin Valley habitat. The National Monument encompasses almost 250,000 acres. The land is cooperatively managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the California Department of Fish and Game, and The Nature Conservancy. The Monument still encompasses private land holdings that are used for limited cattle ranching and farming. The Monument is located about 160 miles north of Los Angeles, 260 miles south of San Francisco, about 55 miles west of Bakersfield, and and 50 miles north of Santa Barbara.

To learn more about Carrizo Plain National Monument, visit the Bureau of Land Management website.