Carrizo Plains - Painted Rock

The Carrizo Plain is a large enclosed grassland plain, approximately 50 miles long and up to 15 miles across, in southeastern San Luis Obispo County, California, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California.  The Painted Rock pictograph site on the Carrizo Plain is recognized internationally as among the best examples of rock art in the world. About 3,000 – 4,000 years ago, Native Americans began to paint their sacred images within the alcoves of the rock. Many of the images here have sustained severe damage due to vandalism and weathering during the last century.  I took these photos many years ago,  before controls were implemented and guided tours were mandatory. 

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 Carrizo Plains
Carrizo Plains

The grasslands on the Carrizo Plains. This is the largest single native grassland that remains in California. Bisecting this plain lengthwise is the San Andreas Fault.

 Carrizo Plains
Carrizo Plains

This is a picture of Soda Lake, the remains of a prehistoric sea on the Carrizo Plains. A very inhospitable looking place.

Painted Rock
Painted Rock

On another rock we found this inscription. No idea what it is nor can I find any information regarding it.

 Carrizo Plains
Carrizo Plains

The grasslands on the Carrizo Plains. This is the largest single native grassland that remains in California. Bisecting this plain lengthwise is the San Andreas Fault.

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Pictograph at the Painted Rock site in the Carrizo Plains area
Sign pointing to Painted Rock site, Carrizo Plains area