14-MAR-2013: California – Highway 58 Landscape

California Route 58 between the 5 Freeway and the 101 Freeway west of Buttonwillow is a winding mountain road through a thinly-populated area. This section of SR 58 passes through the Carrizo Plain, known for its scenic beauty and geological features, including the San Andreas Fault.

CA Highway 58 - Nowhere, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

CA Highway 58 – Nowhere, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

The Carrizo Plain is home to 13 endangered species including the San Joaquin Kit Fox, the Giant Kangaroo Rat, and the California Condor. The California Valley Solar Ranch is a 250-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant in the Carrizo Plain, northeast of California Valley constructed on 4,365-acres of former grazing land.

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