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In the far northeast corner of California is Modoc County, where you can visit turn of-the-century towns, ranches and farmlands, often called the “place where the west still lives” and frequently compared to the beautiful expanses of Montana.

The warm, dry summers encourage camping, hiking, fishing, and water sports against the backdrop of the uniquely beautiful Warner Mountains, with their clear alpine streams and a high desert dotted with serene lakes. An ideal habitat for diverse wildlife, Modoc County and the National Wildlife Refuge are home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, goshawks, golden eagles, Rocky Mountain mule deer and elk, wild horses, burros and pronghorn antelope.

Alturas, the commercial center for northeastern California, lies in the broad valley of the Pit River offering lodging at the historic Niles Hotel, modern and historic shops, and restaurants. Modoc County provides a variety of bed & breakfast inns featuring amenities such as hot springs, ranch living, fishing, or wilderness access.

Cedarville, centrally located in the cattle ranching hub of Surprise Valley, is home to an unusual exhibit of historically significant 1800s buildings relocated to Cedarville, now comprising the mythical town of “Louisville”.

For further information contact the Alturas Chamber of Commerce.

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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4158
600 S. Main Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-4434
Promoting economic vitality through tourism. Call for events & information about vacationing in Modoc County.
Modoc County
2166
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…
Modoc County
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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…
Modoc County
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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…
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Dutch Flat Wildlife Area was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1994. It is 160 acres of riparian and stream habitat. Other vegetation types include grasslands and plant communities dominated by Jeffrey and ponderosa pines, juniper, and sagebrush.For more information, call the Northern Region Redding office at (530) 225-2300.
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1 Indian Well Headquarters
Tulelake, CA 96134
530-667-8113
Cinder and spatter cones and miles of undulating, hardened flows. Over 20 developed caves including Mushpot Cave which is the only cave in the park in which lights have been installed. Site of the only Indian War in which a general was killed in U.S. history. Visitor Center, museum and seasonal guided tours
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204 South Court Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-6200
Modoc County
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600 S. Main Street
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-2944
Some items on display date back 150 years and include Indian artifacts, an antique gun collection and domestic items used by the early day pioneer families of Modoc County. 
Modoc County
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800 West 12th St
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-5811
Modoc National Forest is a land of contrasts and unspoiled settings for a vacation getaway. Unique vistas of rugged mountains, lava caves, craters, pristine and serene lakes and streams await visitors to this beautiful forest. Some of the most outstanding attractions include: • Burnt Lava Flow, Medicine Lake Glass Flow and Glass Mountain Glass Flow – are located within the Medicine Lake Highlands and designated as special interest areas because of their unique geological features. • Medicine Lake Highlands – considered a “land of rocks and…
Modoc County
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PO Box 1610
Alturas, CA 96101
530-233-3572
The 6,280 acre Modoc Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 to manage and protect migratory waterfowl. Funds available under the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act helped purchase this refuge which lies at 4,300 feet elevation at the base of the Warner Mountains. Water is the key to attracting waterfowl in this high desert area. An extensive system of ponds, dikes and control structures allows for flooding and draining of meadow and marsh. Carefully controlled water…
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