Things to Do

Go wild in rugged Pozo. Explore the region’s famous grasslands, including the Carrizo Plain National Monument, which blooms with intense color due to winter rains and mild spring temperatures. Hike nearby Soda Lake, the largest remaining natural alkali wetland in southern California and the only closed basin within the coastal mountains. Wildlife thrives in this untouched terrain. Keep an eye out for turkey, deer and bear. Hunt wild boar, or bird-watch along quiet trails flanked by ancient oak trees. The Pozo Saloon, established in 1858, may be located in a rural field, but this top-tier event venue is known to welcome national acts like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg. In nearby Santa Margarita, choose from an assortment of restaurants, grab a to-go lunch, and see where the day takes you. End your afternoon of outdoor fun with a glass of wine or craft beer.