Community Information

Suprise Valley lies tucked away 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.

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.

Back Country and Winter Driving Tips

Barrel Springs Back Country Byway

Black Rock Desert / High Rock Canyon / Emigrant Trails

National Conservation Area
Pick up maps and brochures at the Surprise Field Office of the
Bureau of Land Management
602 Cressler Street

Cedar Pass Ski Area

Emigrant Trails Scenic Byway


Lava Beds National Monument

Modoc National Forest

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

Modoc River Center

Scenic Drives in Northern California and Historic Drives

South Warner Wilderness

Bureau of Land Management, Surprise Field Office

Warner Mountains

Community/County Resources

US Forest Service

BLM Links

Misc. Links

Discover Cockrells' Ranch & High Desert Lodging

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