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Alturas is the most northeastern city in the state of California. With a population of approximately 3,000 this small town is 150 miles from Redding, and 170 miles from Reno. Alturas and the surrounding area sits in the shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range, with fields and prairie stretching out for miles around you. The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge borders the town on the south, and nearby Goose Lake, as well as several reservoirs, offers fishing and other outdoors recreation. A vista point along the highway, only a quarter of a mile from town, offers a great place to view wildlife such as deer, antelope, and Canada Geese. Sometimes you might even spot a deer wandering the main streets of town! Alturas is nestled in the foothills of the Modoc National Forest. Here you will find hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, and mountain biking in summer, and skiing in wintertime. Other things to see in town are the Alturas Railroad Museum and the Modoc County History Museum. Alturas is also home to a colorful hot-air balloon festival, usually held in September. Lodging in the area ranges from primitive camping to hotels, motels and inns. For a truly unique vacation experience where "The West Lives On," visit Alturas in remote northern California!

Alturas Vacation Rentals

Alturas Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hacienda Motel201 E 12TH StAlturas, CA (530) 233-3459
Super 8 Motel511 N Main StAlturas, CA (530) 233-3545
Trailside Inn Best Western343 N Main StAlturas, CA (530) 233-4111
Sunrise Motel54889 Hwy 299 WCedarville, CA19.5 mi.(530) 279-2161
JNR Hotel581 Main StCedarville, CA19.6 mi.(530) 279-2423

Alturas Weather & Climate

The extreme northeast  corner of the state of California encompasses the foothills of the Shasta Cascade Mountain region, the Pit River and the Modoc National Wildlife Range.The climate features hot dry summers and cold moist winters with snow at higher elevations. The geography of the region has volcanic areas and wetlands to the west and high desert to the east. Lassen Volcanic National Park is studded with lakes and crowned by 10,457-foot Lassen Peak. The eastern side, which resembles its neighbor, Nevada, has desert alkali lakes. The last volcanic activity at Mount Lassen was in 1915. Very little, if any, rain falls in northeast California in the summertime. Lightening storms, with no precipitation are possible. Winters can become quite cold with the mercury dipping below the freezing mark at night.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 18°F 1.32 in. -
February 47°F 21°F 1.28 in. -
March 52°F 25°F 1.55 in. -
April 59°F 28°F 1.11 in. -
May 68°F 34°F 1.32 in. -
June 78°F 39°F 0.79 in. -
July 88°F 43°F 0.30 in. -
August 87°F 42°F 0.37 in. -
September 79°F 35°F 0.66 in. -
October 67°F 28°F 0.73 in. -
November 51°F 23°F 1.47 in. -
December 43°F 17°F 1.23 in. -

Alturas Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake County airport (LKV) located about 47 miles north of Alturas in Lakeview, Oregon.

Alturas Attractions

Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA114.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Arrowhead Golf CourseAlturasCA 
Likely Place RV & GolfLikelyCA18.0 mi.
Coyote CreekCoyoteCA22.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA118.5 mi.
State Parks
Goose Lake State ParkOR36.5 mi. 

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