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

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