Drakesbad Guest Ranch
Warner Valley Rd.
Chester, CA 96020
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- Fridays: Salmon and /or Rack of Lamb
- Saturday: Prime Ribb
- Sunday: Pork Loin
- Monday: Chicken
- Tuesday: Pasta
- Wednesday: BBQ Cook out
- Thursday: Turkey
- Horseback riding
- Fly Fishing
Fundraisers We Support
- Feather River College's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Hours of OperationWe operate from June through October and open for the public 7 days per week 866-999-0914
Drakesbad Guest Ranch, a century old Resort facilities,offers the ultimate in Guest Service.
Winner of the prestigious Customer Service Award in 2006 from the California Lodging Industry Association, we pride our self with creating a family atmosphere between our guest and the Service staff.
Drakesbad - A Story About Stewardship
In business continually since June 20, 1900, hospitality has been the name of the game in "Hot Springs Valley". The vision and passion of the founding family, the Alexander Siffords of Susanville, Drakesbad (so named by guests in 1908) is the rarest of treasures in the National Park system. For over 60 years and through two generations the Sifford family owned the Drakesbad Guest Ranch and welcomed visitors from all over California and the world. It began as a healthful retreat, remote and far away, requiring arduous physical exertion to reach, tenacity to be reclaimed from its winter dormancy each season and daily, even hourly, tender love and appreciation by guests, caretakers and stewards alike. At the turn of the twentieth century camping cost 25 cents a night, meals were 50 cents, a bath in the hot springs pool was 25 cents and pasturing live stock 5 cents: some things have changed over the years but not the attention given to customer service or protection of the environment.
Before he passed away in 1992, Roy Sifford (pictured at right) could claim that he had spent at least some time in Drakesbad every year but one of his 97 years (the year he was "a doughboy over there" during WWI). His passion and love of Drakesbad and desire to see it carry on as the guest ranch he loved moved him to deed the property to the US government for inclusion in Lassen Volcanic National Park in 1958. His story, lovingly told to Mr. Lester Bodine and published in the book, "Sixty Years of Siffords at Drakesbad" is a story of pioneer determination, native environmentalism and love of friends, family and the place.
We have limited Electricity, No TV, Cell Phone or Internet links, but we offer an unlimited verity of natural experiences,like hiking, horseback riding, swimming, wild life viewing etc.
We operate a full service Restaurant, offering upscale meals and premium Wines and Beers.We are open from June through October, 7 days a week!
Ed and Billie Fiebiger have been the Ranch hosts for 19 years. All guests, whether new or returning, are treated like family and have come to expect the positively outstanding service offered by these dedicated managers. In 2006 Drakesbad Guest Ranch was awarded the “Excellence in Lodging and Hospitality” award from the California Lodging Industry Association.