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Goose Lake
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Redwood Forests
US National Park
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Lava Beds
Volcanic Landmark
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Modoc N.W.R.
Wildlife Refuge
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    Four historic farm towns lie in Surprise Valley - Cedarville, Fort Bidwell, Eaglesville and Lake City. These small towns retain that authentic “Old West” flavor introduced by the hardy and hopeful pioneers who settled this area in the mid-nineteenth century. Cedarville is Home to the Modoc County Fair in August.

    Surprise Valley is a long valley running north to south of about 70 miles. It sits in the eastern portion of Modoc County between the Warner Mountain Range (California side) and the Hayes Range (in Nevada). Surprise Valley is graced with exquisite natural beauty, fertile agricultural land, pristine air, diverse wildlife.

    Cattle ranching and alfalfa hay production fuel our local economy. Cattle drives still take place across open terrain and along valley byways – so be sure and have your camera handy at all times when you come to visit.

    Surprise Valley Barrel Springs
    BLM Back Country Byway

    From prehistoric stories to revisiting the Old West, this Back Country Byway Loop reveals some of the secrets of the Great Basin Desert. 93-mile driving tour takes the traveler through a wide variety of natural settings and points of interest. The Byway forms a loop that begins and ends in Cedarville, California.
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    A mythical western town with a collection of historically significant buildings brought in from elsewhere including log cabins, slaughterhouse, schoolhouse, water tower and jails from the 1800's.

    Cedar Pass Snow Park
    Wintersports Activities

    530-233-3323; Park Website;
    Open Winters: Sat/Sun/Holidays 10AM-4PM;
    Location: On SR-299 midway between Alturas and Cedarville.

    For people of all ages who enjoy skiing and snowboarding, Cedar Pass is a community sponsored project that offers a warm, small-town atmosphere reminiscent of the early days of skiing. Nordic Skiiers will find trailheads here to backcountry ski trails.

    Additional Attractions

      Surprise Valley Hot Springs - 67254 Hwy 299 East, Cedarville - Accommodations include deluxe and standard villas, and all have private outdoor hot tubs fed by a cascading waterfall of warm artesian mineral water.
      Surprise Valley Bunkhouse - Cedarville - Rustic Accommodations
      Fandango Guest Ranch - Cedarville CA - ranch backs to BLM land on the north and east ward into Nevada.
      Surprise Valley COC - Business Chamber of Commerce
      Cockrell's High Desert Lodge - County Road 31, Cedarville CA
      JnR Hotel - 581 Main St, Cedarville CA
      Modoc Fairgrounds RV Park - 1 Center St, Cedarville CA
      Old Yella Dog Ranch - Nys NV
      Surprise Motel - Hwy 299, Cedarville CA - Motel / RV Park / Guest House
      The Cottage at Winje's Farm - Lake City CA

    Lava Beds Park Modoc Lava Beds
    U.S. National Monument

    This region has witnessed many violent volcanic eruptions over the last half-million years. Many diverse and fascinating volcanic features now mark the landscape. Park features include more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, and historic battlefields. An exciting California high desert adventure.

    Pit River Watershed Museum Center Central Modoc River Center
    Modoc County Museum

    This project promotes natural history and wildlife conservation throughout the Modoc Valley with a special emphasis on the Pit River and Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. Special projects include the Pit River Watershed Adoption Project and Native Fishes Stewardship. Look for the giant Locomotive #2718 in front.

    Modoc Sports & Recreation

    Tour Modoc Valley

    Discover seclusion and adventure in the remote northeastern corner of California. Beautiful Modoc Valley and its surrounding regions is home to cattle ranching, game preserves, wintersports and wilderness tracts. Let go of the noise of city life and come relax here.

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    Best Western Surprise Valley
    Quality Resort Hotel Vacation Accommodations!

      Best Western Trailside Inn Alturas - outdoor pool, free parking and free wireless

    Choice Hotels International
    Choice Hotels is comprised of ten midscale and economy brands: Cambria Suites, Quality Inn, Clarion,Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extented Stay Hotels, EconoLodge & Rodeway Inn.
    Quality Resort Hotel Vacation Accommodations!

    Surprise Valley Vacation Home Rentals
    The newest trend in vacation resort living. Explore this meeting ground for a broad spectrum of vacation rental property owners and an active stream of travelers interested in renting those properties.

Modoc County Video Tour
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