"The “Canyon Without Name” deserves one that reflects the fanciful handiwork of geologic uplifting, folding, sedimentation and erosion. Those forces have produced a multihued cathedral of high walls, spires, cones and slot canyons that lead to the broad, sandy wash of Carrizo Valley’s Vallecito Creek, a badlands corridor for Indians, Spanish explorers, frontiersmen, pioneers, 19th-century soldiers, the Butterfield Overland Stage Mail Service and now you. You can visit the locales of two stagecoach stops: one that requires fording the rare desert surface water of Carrizo Creek, the other at a palm oasis in the Carrizo Badlands. Even explored only in part—an option that will satisfy many travelers—this is a beautiful and convenient semiloop that should not be missed. This is the Elsinore Fault zone, one of Southern California’s largest and, fortunately, quietest in historic times."