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 7 through October 14, 2013 (weather permitting).
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?
The 29 mile Main Park Road was constructed between 1925 and 1931, just 10 years after Lassen Peak erupted. Near Lassen Peak the road reaches 8512 feet, making it the highest road in the Cascade Mountains. It is not unusual for 40 feet of snow to accumulate on the road near Lake Helen.