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Carrizo Plain: Exploring 'the Serengeti of the West'

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on May 13, 2013, 2:26 p.m.
Carrizo Plain rock outcropping

Photo: Jaymi Heimbuch

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Rocky relief

Carrizo Plain is primarily a valley with hills running along either side, but there are a few rock outcrops with juniper and coyote bush and other shrubs that provide nesting sites for raptors and shade during the blazing hot summers.