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Four Seasons
of Adventure

Your Adventure Awaits

Nestled at the sweet spot where the Sierra Nevada meet the Cascade Mountains, Plumas County offers four seasons of outdoor adventure. From adrenaline-fueled experiences to lazy mornings at a cozy B&B to family fun around the campfire, Plumas is the perfect vacation spot to escape the crowds, relax and recharge.

Places to Visit

Hundreds of lakes and endless miles of backcountry trails, rivers and roads offer unparalleled access to nature. The incredible natural beauty of Plumas County—towering pines and firs, rugged mountains, crystalline lakes, and verdant, sprawling valleys—beckons you to ditch your daily routine and step into another world.

Outdoor Activities

From floating down a river, to catching sunrise while bird watching, to shredding in the backcountry, countless adventures are calling your name. The only hard part is having to decide what to do.

Places to Stay

Find the perfect option that fits all your needs

map of northern california with plumas county highlighted

Getting here is easy

Whether you come for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, escaping from it all is a lot closer than you think. Plumas County is the perfect place to effortlessly explore the natural beauty of Northern California.

City

Chico
Reno
Sacramento
San Francisco
South Lake Tahoe

Distance

1.5 hours
1.5 hours
2.5 hours
4.5 hours
2.5 hours

Trip Inspiration

Explore some of the best Plumas County has to offer without doing any of the planning

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Winter Weekend Ideas in Northern California

Winter in Plumas County is quiet and magical. The region offers everything from cozy cabins and backcountry skiing to family activities like Christmas tree cutting and holiday events. Beat the crowds at Tahoe and other popular winter destinations for your own serene and charming Lost Sierra seasonal adventure.
A backcountry skier climbing Mt Lassen in Northern California
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Where to See Fall Colors in Northern California

In early October, the leaves in Plumas County begin transforming to create stunning natural beauty. From creek beds to mountaintops, vibrant leaves contrast brilliantly against the dark green pines and firs that dominate the landscape. We’ve pulled together the best routes that offer an abundance of color and adventure. Our fall foliage guide gets you off the beaten path and into the heart of Plumas County.
Fall foliage in Plumas County
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Summer Vacation Ideas in Northern California

Plumas County is a summer wonderland of outdoor activities with over a hundred lakes, music festivals, world-class hiking, and mountain town events. Plan your perfect summer vacation high in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California.
arrowleaf balsamroot in Northern California
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Waterfalls, Wildflowers, and Wildlife

If you love birding, waterfall hikes, and wildflowers without the crowds, this four day road trip will take you from one end of the Lost Sierra to the other. Plumas County is beautiful all year-round but late spring and early summer offer some incredible nature-based experiences for the intrepid traveler.
Burney Falls in Northern California
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The 9 Best Museums in Plumas County

Highlights of the 9 best museums in Plumas County.
Plumas County Museum
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The Best Lakes in Northern California

With over 100 lakes to choose from, Plumas County offers visitors an opportunity to soak up some of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California. Whether you’re looking to enjoy water sports with a group or relax and unplug on a solo adventure, the diversity of our lakes offers something for everyone. We invite you to unplug and feel the magic of our mountain lakes and the vast forests that surround them.
canoes on lake with sunset
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Spring Weekend Trip Ideas in Northern California

Spring is a wonderful time to visit Plumas County– the valleys are verdant, rivers are rushing, and snow is still on the high mountains. Spring weather is perfect for activities like hiking, birding, wildflower watching, kayaking, and more.
Clouds and reflections on Manzanita Lake
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The Best Lakes in Northern California Copy

With over 100 lakes to choose from, Plumas County offers visitors an opportunity to soak up some of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California. Whether you’re looking to enjoy water sports with a group or relax and unplug on a solo adventure, the diversity of our lakes offers something for everyone. We invite you to unplug and feel the magic of our mountain lakes and the vast forests that surround them.
canoes on lake with sunset

Upcoming Events

From family-friendly events to live music to athletic activities, you’ll find an impressive variety of events year-round in Plumas County.

Quincy
Plumas Unified School District Lawn

Get your sillies out at Quircus’s 4th annual World Circus Day Celebration! This event is free to attend, but all services and products are offered for suggested donations.

The Lost Sierra

Participating artists come from far and wide to spend a week painting the Lost Sierra from life. Don’t miss the Artist Street Fair on Saturday the 25th in downtown Quincy.

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Chester
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chester Park
Willow Street & Meadowbrook Loop

The Maidu Summit Consortium is hosting The Big Time Logging Jamboree. Join us at Chester Park and take part in or cheer on 10 competitive logging categories.

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Chester
7:00 am
101 Meadowbrook Loop

The Mile High 100 is a wonderfully scenic century, metric century, and half metric century event in its 41st year for 2024!

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Chester
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Collins Pine Lawn
500 Main Street

Admission is free allowing you to save your precious dollars to support artisans that put their heart & souls on the line to create something original. Food vendors at event.

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