We had a big day planned in and around Carrizo Canyon and we decided to take the big, easy loop around the area first. We gassed up in Springfield and decided it would be a great home base the next time we were in the area. The farm road on the way to the trailhead was long and straight, and it didn't take too much time. We pulled off to the side of the road to take out windows and get ready for the day, but no one aired down.
We came to the wide spot in the road next to the stone ruins first, and we stopped for a break. There were lots of fire rings and places to set up tents, but it was definitely hot. It would be a good camping spot during cooler months. It also ended up being the only camping spot we found next to the trail.
The canyon was really nice, with big cottonwood trees along the creek. The trees were usually on private property, though, so we could only look at them from the road. They made for some great photo opportunities.
It was definitely a relaxing drive and a great way to start our day. When we were on the southern portion of the loop we were lucky to have a group of bighorn sheep cross the road in front of us. They waited on the hill at the side of the road while we slowly rolled by, taking lots of pictures. It was really cool to see them out there.
We noted that Skull Canyon was a road we'd like to explore next time, but this time we didn't have enough daylight hours. We also noted the gate we'd be using later on the Carrizo Canyon trail. It wasn't long before we were back at the trailhead.
This is a great loop for watching wildlife, and we'd probably always start our days here with it. It's a great way to see the canyons.