Carrizo Plain area advice

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by tar356, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    Is there gas available in New Cuyama???
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  2. spafxer

    spafxer Long timer

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    My experience is it's hit or miss... not sure why.

    Maricopa is no problem or Nipomo on the other side of 166
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  3. Jedi5150

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    Thanks again Walt! :clap
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  4. scotts_4x

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    Red hill road is off of hwy58 and goes south into the los Padres national forest. When you hit the bottom of the hill the road t's. Take a left and follow it around the campground and continue another 3ish miles to the intersection of pozo rd. Right onto pozo rd and out to the pavement 7-10ish miles. Road will t again make another left and follow in to pozo.

    -scott
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  5. Off Limits

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    I'm sure you can stealth camp anywhere where no one can see you. It's big land out there.
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  6. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    By the way, regarding gas in that area, if your Garmin GPS tells you there's Chevron fuel available in Fellows (off 33 between McKittrick and Taft), ignore it. Yeah there's Chevron .... a Chevron oil field. But no gas! DAMHIK. No gas in McKittrick either.
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  7. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    Yes..there is gas in New Cuyama. Pricey.
    Also out in Ventucopa area at the Pistacio farm
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  8. The Letter J

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    The gas station in New Cuyama has been closed for several months now, I've been through 4 or 5 times in the last month most recently this past Sunday. Luckily we already knew that and were carrying fuel bottles for the rider in our group with the little tank, he still barely made it to Ventucopa. Fuel is still available in Ventucopa $4.29 for 87 at the pistachio store and there is another pump several miles further south that is priced similarly, but who can argue when you have no other options?
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  9. spafxer

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    I just called the Burger Barn in New Cuyama.... It's right behind the gas location.

    She confirmed the gas has been CLOSED for about 6 months but should be re-opening soon ! :lol3

    Closest gas is The Pistachio store in VentuCopa or the Maricopa Shell...

    Sometimes the Pistachio store has run out of gas too, so I don't plan on it.

    Since I ride Elkhorn Grade Road more than Soda Lake Road, it's not much out of the way to hit Maricopa anyway.
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  10. dyvking

    dyvking ahead of his flamin star

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    I stand corrected. I guess its been longer than I thought since I stopped for gas there.:norton
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  11. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    Great info here guy's, and Walt thanks for your very complete Carrizo site. Looks like quite a few inmates here on the Centeral Coast. :ricky
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  12. Jedi5150

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    I'm thinking about camping in Carrizo tomorrow (Friday), and over the weekend. Might have rain tomorrow, but sunny on Saturday and Sunday. Does anybody know if the road through there will be passable if it's raining? I'm going to be in my Toyota Tacoma 4x4, not my bike for this trip. But I should mention the tires are not super agressive.
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  13. Off Limits

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    My bone stock 04 Tacoma 4x would make it anywhere. Even if you get stuck in the mud, it should be dry by Sunday.
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  14. Bike Guy

    Bike Guy Been here awhile

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    Was there on Thurs, 7th, Heavy low land fog. Zero visability. Road was dry. Hope you had a better trip
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  15. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    So Jedi...
    How was it for you out there at the Monument?

    Thinking about getting in a day and a night out there soon myself.


    Don in Nipomo
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  16. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    Hey Walt, Santa and I may be down there at Carrizo the weekend of the 23rd-24th. If so come out and join us.
    Mongo
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  17. dyvking

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    ooh-OOH! That might be a plan! You thinking about camping out there?
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  18. mongox

    mongox ARRRRGH!!!

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    OH yeah, not really sure of where the camping is. I have riden through there several times, Soda road and elkhorn but don't know much about camping. We havn't really decided yet whether to go to Carrizo or Big Sur but will let you know. i'll talk to Glen this weekend.

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  19. Bob

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    Any wildflower updates?
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  20. spafxer

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    From http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html

    Feb 26, 2013 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: The monument hasn't received much rain this winter, so it's not looking to good for wildflowers. If we get some good rain soon, there still is a chance, but it's just a waiting game right now.




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