The first homesteaders arrived on the Carrizo Plain in 1885. The area's limited and unpredictable rainfall, averaging only 8-10 inches per year, made cultivation challenging and risky. Dryland grain farming, however, emerged as a successful . . . — — Map (db m196622) HM
The buildings seen to the northwest of the boardwalk are remnants
of the Goodwin Ranch. Guy L. Goodwin, born in Santa Maria in
1887, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in
1909 and worked in his father's oil fields. After . . . — — Map (db m196615) HM
Rising above the Carrizo Plain is Painted Rock, an important cultural and spiritual site to California’s native peoples. Most of the pictographs, or painted images found on Painted Rock, are characteristic of the Chumash who lived on the Channel . . . — — Map (db m126610) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m196564) HM
The large basin before you is all that remains of a prehistoric sea. One of the largest undisturbed alkali wetlands in the state, the 3,000 acre lake provides important habitat for migratory birds. With no outlet, the water evaporates, leaving . . . — — Map (db m117066) HM
At 3,000 acres, Soda Lake is one of the largest
undisturbed alkali wetlands in the state. It provides
important habitat for migratory birds, such as Black-necked stilts, Avocets, Killdeer and on occasion White
In the late 1800s . . . — — Map (db m196467) HM
The L.E. Traver Ranch was established in the 1940's when the family purchased approximately 800 acres and began building the large block house that still stands along the edge of Soda Lake Road. The family was primarily involved in dry land . . . — — Map (db m196391) HM
Welcome to Wallace Creek. Yes, you are looking at a creek. Wallace Creek may seem insignificant compared to other streams or rivers, after all, on most days of the year, it is bone dry. But it tells an important and exciting story.
As you can . . . — — Map (db m126611) HM