Hike of the month
Carrizo Canyon is only open Oct 1 through Dec 31
Anyone who can walk around their neighborhood can do this hike. The hike is in a wide sandy wash with a very slight grade some and uneven footing. The first half mile seems unimpressive, just a desert canyon sandy wash walking. As we move farther into the canyon, the walls close in and it becomes one of the prettiest canyons in the valley. Watch the canyon walls for big horn sheep they are hard to spot if they are not moving. We reach a side canyon off to the right but will save that for later. A little scrambling up and over boulders, a little rocky, a little uphill but at the turn around, there is a beautiful dry waterfall with a great photo opportunity. As we head back, a single track trail off to the left takes us to a canyon overlook and a panoramic view of the desert; the view is worth it.
Back to that first side canyon we can follow it to another dry water fall. Sometimes there is a water seep near the top. Some intrepid hikers scale this and continue on. That is for another group!
This hike can also be extended into Dead Indian Canyon that has a small oasis at the backed the canyon.