Virtual Guidebook to El Camino Real
Cuyama Valley
east of Maricopa California


The Cuyama Valley would be much like the Carrizo Plain were it not for the irrigated agriculture on the valley floor and a few oil fields around the edges.

Most years there is a brief but brilliant wildflower bloom on the uncultivated slopes of the Cuyama. The best places to see them are the side roads to Cottonwood and Aliso Canyons.



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Twin Rock in the Cuyama River Canyon

(March 23, 2007)


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Cottonwood Canyon Road at the southwest corner of Cuyama Valley

(March 23, 2007)


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Bates Canyon in the Sierra Madre Mountains

(March 24, 2007)


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(December 31, 1969)


Next Locality: Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge