You’ll find us nestled between the Warner
Mountain Range in northeastern California and the Hayes Range in
Nevada. Approximately 70 miles long and averaging ten miles
wide, Surprise Valley is graced with exquisite natural beauty,
fertile agricultural land, pristine air, diverse wildlife, and
is home to four rural, welcoming and historic towns: Cedarville,
Eagleville, Fort Bidwell and Lake City.
Our small communities retain that authentic
“Old West” flavor introduced by the hardy and hopeful pioneers
who settled this area in the mid-nineteenth century. 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.
Today, we enjoy playing host to visitors drawn
by our annual “Squirrel Round-Up”, a variety of barbecues,
dances, horseshoe tournaments, the Super Bull Rodeo, tribal Pow
Wows, the Modoc District Fair, parades, art shows and home
tours, sports tournaments, outdoor recreational opportunities,
and so much more.
You’ll find a good selection of accommodations
in the area, from homey ranch lodging with corrals for your
horses to economical motels, historic inns, RV parks,
campgrounds, and a well-appointed resort featuring private hot
springs-fed spas behind each room.
With a variety of fine dining choices, quaint
shops, and outdoor adventures limited only by your capabilities
and imagination, Surprise Valley is a popular destination for
those looking for anything from a relaxed and pampered weekend
to the most rustic vacation experience off the beaten path.