Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The sandstone formation at Painted Rock has long drawn the attention of visitors to the Carrizo. About 3,000 – 4,000 years ago, Native Americans began to paint their sacred images within the alcove of the rock. Not surprisingly, the power of this place continues to enthrall visitors today. Spiritual leaders and other tribal members created the rock paintings as an expression of their cultural and religious beliefs. Please help us protect Painted Rock, a cultural resource of the American Indians of California and a special place for future generations of people to enjoy and benefit. Please do not touch, climb, or walk on any part of the rock to help preserve it. Tread carefully while visiting the site and do not disturb or collect artifacts, remove plants, or disturb the wildlife. Reservations are required to visit Painted Rock, reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov.
The grasslands of the Carrizo Plain were farmed up to the late 1980s. The crop was usually grain, sown during the fall in the hope that winter rains would produce a crop. Sometimes the rain was insufficient,
A Continuing Legacy
The Carrizo Plain was a gathering place for the Chumash and other native peoples. Painted Rock was a sacred site to these Native Americans who lived close to nature.
The Avis S. Goodwin Stewardship Endowment recognizes this legacy and has been established to support land management, restoration and research activities to help preserve this thin slice of California for future generations.
Erected by Friends of the Carrizo Plain, and Bureau of Land Management.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Native Americans.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17495 Soda Lake Rd, Santa Margarita CA 93453, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soda Lake (within shouting distance of this marker); Farming Carrizo (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Painted Rock (approx. 2˝ miles away); a different marker also named Soda Lake (approx. 4.2 miles away); Goodwin Ranch (approx. 4.2 miles away); Wallace Creek (approx. 6 miles away).
Also see . . . www.recreation.gov. Carrizo Plain National Monument Tours. (Submitted on April 26, 2022.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.