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Carrizo Creek, is a stream that arises in the mountains of San Diego County, California, and terminates in Carrizo Wash in Imperial County, a tributary in turn to San Felipe Creek that terminates in the Salton Sea.

The source of Carrizo Creek, is in San Diego County, 1.2 miles north of the California-Mexico State boundary, at 32°38′09″N 116°07′05″W / 32.63583°N 116.11806°W / 32.63583; -116.11806 at an elevation of 3,210 feet, on the west side of the divide between Jacumba Valley and the valley of upper Boulder Creek. Carrizo Creek flows west then north northwest through Jacumba Valley then north through Carrizo Gorge and Carrizo Canyon, into Carrizo Valley where it is joined on the left by Vallecito Creek, as it turns east through the Carrizo Badlands where 3 miles east of the site of the old Carrizo Creek Station, at an elevation of 322 feet / 98 meters, it becomes Carrizo Wash. Carrizo Wash terminates at its confluence with San Felipe Creek at 33°05′54″N 115°55′38″W / 33.09833°N 115.92722°W / 33.09833; -115.92722.


Carrizo Creek, its wash and its tributary, Vallecito Creek, were the watercourses that carved the pathway from the Peninsular Ranges of Southern California through the Carrizo Badlands to the Colorado Desert. They provided a pathway and water for Native Americans travelers out into the desert and on to the Colorado River along the course of the distributary New or Alamo Rivers. Subsequently from 1828 it was similarly used by Mexican travelers on the route of the Sonora Road to Alta California, then by Americans on Cooke's Wagon Road and its successor the Southern Emigrant Trail. It was the route taken into California by the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and Overland Mail Company. Both companies used the Carrizo Creek Station at the lower end if the creek in the badlands.

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