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Wild West History, Lakes, Mountains & Outstanding Wildlife Viewing

Modoc Country, in the far northeast corner of California, combines a fabulous four-season climate with abundant natural resources and a colorful “Wild-West” history. With less than 10,000 residents, its quiet atmosphere offers a peaceful setting for a family vacation or a private retreat.

Recreation opportunities abound especially in the warm, dry summers, which encourage camping, hiking, fishing, water sports, and many other activities. Truly a land of varied terrain, Modoc Country includes one of California’s most beautiful mountain ranges: the Warner Mountains, with their clear alpine streams and, in contrast, portions of high desert dotted with serene lakes. You can visit turn of-the-century towns, ranches and farmlands in Modoc, often called the “place where the west still lives” and frequently compared to the beautiful expanses of Montana. Abundant marshes, forests, plains and lakes provide an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife; Modoc Country and the National Wildlife Refuge are home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks, golden eagles and many other endangered species. Rocky Mountain mule deer and elk, wild horses, burros and pronghorn antelope are just a few of Modoc Country’s happy inhabitants.

Alturas lies in the broad valley of the Pit River near the center of the county, at the junction of Highways 395 and 299. This hospitable city serves as the commercial center for northeastern California, with a variety of motels as well as a historic hotel, modern and historic shops, and restaurants. Cedarville, centrally located in the cattle ranching hub of Surprise Valley, is home to an unusual exhibit of historically significant buildings relocated to Cedarville, now comprising the mythical town of “Louisville”. The visit-worthy fictitious town consists of log cabins, a slaughterhouse, schoolhouse, water tower, and the old Fort Bidwell and Eagleville jails from the 1800s.

The Modoc National Forest and Bureau of Land Management offer several campgrounds with hundreds of family camping sites available. Modoc Country also provides a variety of bed & breakfast inns featuring amenities such as hot springs, ranch living, fishing, or wilderness access.

For further information contact the Alturas Chamber of Commerce.

2018 National Sheepdog Finals
The most prestigious sheepdog trial in North America, will be returning to Alturas, California September 24th -29th. Dogs and their handlers from all over the United States and Canada will compete for the coveted title of National Sheepdog Champion.
Modoc Wildlife Refuge
The Modoc Wildlife Refuge is home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks, golden eagles, and many other endangered species. Rocky Mountain mule deer and elk, wild horses, burros and pronghorn antelope are just a few of Modoc County’s happy inhabitants.
Crystal Ice Caves - Lava Beds National Monument
Over 700 lava tube caves – remnants of the arteries that transported lava from its source – are hidden within these flows. Crystal Ice Cave is open to park visitors in very good physical condition on small ranger-guided tours during the winter months.
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Hwy 299
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-365-7500
In the northeastern corner of California the Warner Mountains rise in a near solid wall to an elevation of almost 10,000 feet. Crossing over these mountains at Cedar Valley, you will enter a totally different world. Explorer John Freeman named it “the Great Basin”, the land where none of the rivers run to the sea. The Surprise Valley/Barrel Springs Back Country Byway is through this remote and rugged area. The byway provides an opportunity for those…
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204 South Court Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-6200
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600 S. Main Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-4434
Call for events & information about vacationing in Modoc County.
Modoc County
797
Star Route 11-A
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-2209
Have a pure Country Stay with a beautiful, fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Two lodges serving your lodging needs. Very affordable by the night, weekend or week. Complimentary wine & coffee. Call for a full color brochure, information & rates. Vacationers, Riding, Fishing & Hunting. Groups all welcome!
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1255 Likely Place
Likely, CA 96116
530-233-4466
Considered one of the top 10 Golf Course & RV Resorts in the country. Likely Place, a hidden treasure uniquely situated at the Gateway to the Warner Mountain Wilderness area. This beautiful course offers, 18 holes, wide fairways and lush greens. Experience the best...Stay and Play at Likely Place! Dog Friendly.
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304 South Main St.
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-3773
Historic hotel with recently renovated rooms, each with their own theme. Starbucks coffee, breakfast, lunch, fine dining and saloon.  Event room for weddings and special occasions.
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62271 HWY 299 W.
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-2161
Rooms have coffee, refrigerators, TV, WiFi and air conditioning. Onsite barbeque, laundry & kitchen facility. Older Victorian house is 2-story, 3 bedroom. AAA approved.
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62271 Hwy 299 West
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-2161
Enjoy the sunrise at our AAA approved motel, 3 bedroom Victorian Guesthouse. RV Park has pull throughs with lawn, trees & full hookups.
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708 W 12th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-223-4666
• Devil’s Garden Mountain Bike Area is made up of 3 miles of steep pavement and 2.3 miles of flat dirt roads appealing to beginners and advanced riders alike. • Woodland Jurassic Mountain Bike Area offers 8.6 miles of dirt road with gentle slopes and level ground, great vistas of the Warner Mountains, with a super-scenic canyon. • Likely Mountain Challenge Mountain Bike Area offers 7.2 miles of dirt road and 2.2 miles of old broken highway for the advanced rider wanting to tackle steep…
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602 Cressler Street
Cedarville, CA 96104
530-279-6101
• The Surprise Valley/Barrel Springs Back Country Byway takes the traveler across a desert lake, through canyons and valleys, and into desert  mountains. A unique free Byway Tour booklet is available to enhance the driving experience. • In the Nevada portion of the area, the few improved and many unimproved roads provide solitude and a back country driving experience. High clearance four wheel drive is needed in many areas. • Cedarville is a gateway to the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon-Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, where…
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