“The West Still Lives” in This Untouched Corner of California

We’re headed to the northeast for an unexpected outdoor adventure.

Remote, rural and off most travelers’ radar, the northeast corner of the state is a nature enthusiast’s dream. The region bordering Oregon and Nevada offers a geographical grab bag of mountains, lava bed and desert. Perfect for outdoor exploration, you will find ample hiking spots among the Ponderosa pines, juniper fields and waterfalls.

According to Travel + Leisure, Modoc County is “the third least populous county in the state, and you might spy its official slogan, ‘Where the West Still Lives,’ not to mention a few shotguns. Stay for the Fourth of July parade in Alturas, the county seat, for prancing cattle princesses, vintage hot rods, and loads of country music. Brave the lines for a plate of popular Native American fry bread. Modoc is named for the tribe of people that from 1872 to 1873 defended their land from the U.S. Army in a strategic lava tube stronghold. The federal government has since established several tribal reservations and a Lava Beds National Monument.”

Read more about this California corner and watch a video here.

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