About the Carrizo Plain National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of Carrizo Plain

The Carrizo Plain National Monument, designated in 2001, is the last intact native grassland in California. At almost a quarter of a million acres, the area is bisected by the San Andreas Fault and harbors endangered, threatened, and rare animal species such as the San Joaquin kit fox, the California condor, the San Joaquin antelope squirrel, the longhorn fairy shrimp, and the vernal pool fairy shrimp. The 3,000 acre alkali Soda Lake at the bottom of the valley, providing important winter habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, long-billed curlews, and mountain plover. Historic mining and ranching properties dot the landscape along with ancient signs of the Chumash, Salinian and Yokut peoples.

From the blog

  • 10.17.13

    Carrizo Plain National Monument Focus of Conference

    Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Biologists, renewable energy experts, birders and climate change scientists will gather to discuss the future of the Carrizo Plain National Monument on November 8, 2013 at the San Luis Obispo BotanicalGardens Education Center in San Luis Obispo. The thirteen endangered species that call the 250,000 acre Plain … read more

  • 09.21.11

    Get outside and volunteer: National Public Lands Day is Sept 24

    This year, National Public Lands Day is September 24, 2011. While many supporters of the National Conservation Lands already volunteer throughout the year, this day provides a high profile opportunity to get others involved in conservation stewardship projects. More than 1,900 events are scheduled across the country, including several in the National … read more

  • 03.31.10

    Carrizo Plain NM 10th Anniversary Celebration- April 11, 2010

    On April 11, 2010 BLM and Friends of Carrizo will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.  The celebration includes guided hikes, a Bar-B-Que and other activites.           For more information please visit: Friends of Carrizo Plain or BLM