Where exactly are we going to meet up down there?
I Googled California Valley to Carrizo Plains NM and
got this for directions.
I found this on the BLM site:
How to get here.
A word of warning. Do not rely on Google Maps, MapQuest or the mapping software in your car GPS to get you here. YOU WILL BE LED ASTRAY.
Please follow the recommended routes below. Continuing rain this season (2009-2010) has left many roads impassible even for four wheel drive vehicles. Although the roads have begun to dry out there are gullies and washes that make roads impassable for low clearance vehicles.
Currently Soda Lake Road, which bisects the 37 mile length Carrizo Plain National Monument, is the only reliable road. About 18 miles of Soda Lake Road's length is paved, the remainder is dirt.
The Carrizo Plain National Monument has two improved campgrounds, the KCL and the Selby. Camping is on a first come, first served basis and no reservations are required or taken. (Note:
Groups of 20 or more must obtain authorization from the Bakersfield BLM office as well as groups that are charging a fee. Please contact Ryan Cooper at 661-391-6048 for authorization or information). Both campgrounds are primitive, containing picnic tables, fire pits and portable restroom facilities. Electricity and drinking water are not available. The CPNM does not have garbage pickup service. Please act responsibly and pack out any refuse you might have. Hunters, please do not leave gut piles or other animal parts in the campgrounds.
At certain times of the year, campfire permits are required and special fire restrictions may be in effect. Contact the BLM office for an update on current restrictions. There is no fee for campfire permits and they may be obtained at the Goodwin Education Center, the Bakersfield BLM office and from any BLM Ranger in the area.
The KCL Campground
has 12 campsites (two of which are elevated American Disability Act compliant) with picnic tables, fire pits and portable restroom facilities. It has some of the few shade trees found on the CPNM. Formerly owned by the Kern County Land Company, the KCL still has a few of the original barn structures as well as some of the corrals. Some of these structures are in disrepair; please be careful if you go exploring inside. You may use the corrals for your horses and there is generally enough space in the campground to park horse trailers. There is water available for livestock use only.
KCL Campground is located just west of Soda Lake Road, 10.4 miles south of Goodwin Education Center, and 19 miles north of State Highway 166 at: N 35° 5' 26.1", W 119° 44' 5.59" (35.090583, -119.734886).
The Selby Campground
has 13 campsites, picnic tables, fire pits and portable restroom facilities. It is nestled at the base of the Caliente Mountains. There are no shade trees but this campground is more secluded and
the camper is only steps away from unlimited hiking in the Wilderness Study Area that lies outside the campground boundaries. The oak/juniper woodland is a haven for many birds and other wildlife and the beautiful Selby Rocks are a site not to be missed. (You may explore around the rocks but please do not climb on the fragile sandstone. Watch out for natural dangers such as rattlesnakes.) Water for non-potable use only is available.
Selby Campground is located 4.5 miles south of Soda Lake Road at the end of Selby Road. From the Goodwin Education Center travel .8 miles southeast of the Ed Center road on Soda Lake Road turn right (south) on Selby Road. From State Highway 166 travel north 28.8 miles on Soda Lake Road to Selby Road. The campground is located at: N 35° 7' 41.29", W 119° 50' 27.26" (35.128135, -119.840907).
Car camping is also an option within certain areas of the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Please refer to the Visitor Resources Map . This map indicates areas where car camping is allowed. Generally, car camping is permitted in the foothills and mountainous areas. Car camping is not
permitted in the valleys (both Carrizo and Elkhorn), nor at Soda Lake and adjacent areas. This map is available at the Goodwin Education Center and the BLM Bakersfield Office for purchase and is posted in kiosks located at the North and South entrances into the Monument.