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Cow Mountain Recreation Area 
South of Ukiah, Just off Hwy. 101

Bureau of Land Management 
Management Unit:    
Ukiah Field Office 
Ukiah Field Office 
2550 North State Street 
Ukiah, CA 95482

 

Amenities:
  • ATV's Allowed
  • Bicycle Trail
  • Tent Camping
  • Firearms Allowed
  • Hunting Area
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Trail Bike Trails
 
Description:
Named for the longhorn cattle that once roamed wild, the 60,000 acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Lake County, over 31 miles of stream, 13 reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland bird species.

The Recreation Area is divided into two sections to provide quality recreational opportunities for a wide variety of users: North Cow Mountain Recreation Area and South Cow Mountain Recreation Area.

Visitor Activities: North Cow Mountain Recreation Area is managed for primarily non-motorized activities, such as hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and mountain bicycling. There is one developed campground, a designated rifle range and a 17 mile network of foot trails beckoning to the adventurous spirit.

South Cow Mountain Recreation Area emphasizes off-highway vehicle use. Over 120 miles of vehicle trails interweave 23,000 acres, and offer challenges to motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, and four-wheel drive enthusiasts alike. Non-motorized recreation is also welcome. There are two developed campgrounds and two OHV staging areas to help make your visit enjoyable.

Camping

Mayacmas Campground: In Ukiah, exit U.S. 101, South at Talmage Road, then 1.5 miles east to Eastside Road. Turn right and proceed 0.3 mile to Mill Creek Road. Turn left and proceed 3 miles to Mendo Rock Road, and follow to the site, about 10 miles. 9 units, tables, barbecue grates, vault toilets.

Red Mountain Campground: In Ukiah, exit U.S. 101 South at Talmage Road, then 1.5 miles east to Eastside Road. Turn right and proceed 0.3 mile to Mill Creek Road. Follow Mill Creek Road 8 miles to the staging area, veer right where road forks (there is a directional sign) and continue less than 1 mile to Red Mountain Campground. 10 units, toilets, barbecue grates, and picnic tables.

Goat Rock: In Ukiah, exit U.S. 101 South at Talmage Road, then 1.5 miles east to Eastside Road. Turn right and proceed 0.3 mile to Mill Creek Road. Turn left and proceed 3 miles to Mendo Rock Road, park at Mendo Rock Road. Take Glen Eden trail east about 4 miles:non-motorized access. There are 2 units, picnic tables, fire grates/BBQ, and water for animals.

Buckhorn: In Ukiah, exit U.S. 101 South at Talmage Road, then 1.5 miles east to Eastside Road. Turn right and proceed 0.3 mile to Mill Creek Road. Follow Mill Creek Road 8 miles to the staging area, veer right where the road forks (there is a directional sign) and continue about 3.5 miles after turning on at trail #20. There are 4 units, picnic tables, fire grates/BBQs, and toilet facilities.

Sheldon Creek: U.S. 101 t

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