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Drakesbad Guest Ranch

The lodge at Drakesbad Guest Ranch
 

Nestled at the base of a rugged glacier carved valley, Warner Valley provides superb outdoor recreation opportunities in a seemingly timeless setting. Initially homesteaded by Edward Drake in the 1880s, Drakesbad Guest Ranch continues to offer a rustic retreat experience. Visitors return year after year to celebrate their own long-standing traditions and enjoy the wonders of the valley. View photos of Drakesbad.

Drakesbad Guest Ranch will be open June 6 through October 14, 2014 (weather permitting).

 
Drakesbad Lodge

Overnight Visitors
Today, visitors enjoy overnight accomodations in the ranch's historic lodge, cabins, and bungalows; gourmet meals; and soaks in the hydrothermal spring fed pool. Guests can choose from a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, enjoying a massage, or just relaxing. Evening is a perfect time for a good book, fun games, or a quiet conversation around the fireplace or campfire. This summer kids stay free and can enjoy new activities like archery, guided stargazing, nature crafts, and family adventures. Reservations are required. Availability is limited, be sure to book your stay well in advance at www.drakesbad.com.

 
Horseback riders at Drakesbad

Horseback riders head out from Drakesbad

NPS Photo

Day Visitors
An overnight stay is not required to visit Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Day visitors are invited to enjoy horseback riding, massage, and dining. Reservations are required for all activities through the Drakesbad Guest Ranch. Hiking trails in the Warner Valley area are open to all visitors. Please park at the trailhead located 1/4 mile before Drakesbad Guest Ranch on the Warner Valley road.

 
Edward Drake at his cabin in 1887

Edward Drake at his cabin in 1887

NPS Photo

Drakesbad History
Captivated by the natural charm of Warner Valley, Edward R. Drake settled into the area and established what is now known as Drakesbad, or Drake's baths. In 1900, Alexander Sifford, an ailing school teacher seeking relief from a troublesome stomach, made the difficult three-day wagon journey with his wife Ida and son Roy from their home in Susanville to Hot Spring Valley to camp and allow Alex to drink the soda waters of "Drake's Spring." During this visit, the elderly Drake agreed to sell his 400 acres to Sifford for $6,000. Over the next 60 years, the Sifford family dedicated their efforts to creating Drakesbad Guest Ranch as a place for people to visit and enjoy. The Siffords, Alexander, Ida, and children Roy and Pearl, entrusted their legacy to the National Park Service in 1960. More Drakesbad history...

Did You Know?

brokeoff mountain set against a deep blue sky

Brokeoff Mountain, seen here in Lassen Volcanic National Park, was once part of a much larger composite volcano, called Brokeoff Volcano, that towered 1000 feet above Lassen Peak and looked similar to Mount Shasta.