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1.4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)


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Painted Rock Trail (CPNM)

California by v8.6m

Activities & Features


Painted Rock Trail is an easy kid friendly hike leading to thousands of years Native American history. Carrizo Plain National Monument has the highest concentration of endangered wildlife in all of California. Tule Elk, San Joaquin Kit Fox and the Giant Kangaroo Rat are just a few of the endangered species that inhabit the Carrizo Plains. While it's our hope you get to see these species in the wild, just knowing they are there and protected is nice. The rock art however, is something that will surely impress. Painted Rock is a sacred site to several Native American tribes, but unfortunately it has suffered severe damage due to vandalism over time. Because of that, access is now restricted which explains the hurdles one must jump through to do this hike. Either way, the red tape is well worth it for the chance to view some of the very best Native American rock art in the world. There is camping available in Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Red Tape

Permit Required
Contact: Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office 3801 Pegasus Drive Bakersfield, CA 93308

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