view of Belden Sign, Feather Rivers, Belden Bridge and Belden Resort

Belden California

a vintage gem in the heart of the Feather River Canyon

Located in the heart of Feather River Canyon, on the Feather River Scenic Byway just 28 miles west of Quincy. The town of Belden officially originated in 1905 with the construction of the Western Pacific Railroad. Thanks to its railroad stop, Belden became the base for fishing and hunting excursions and became a thriving township in the early 1900’s.

Prior to the establishment of Belden, the area was populated by gold miners, a few small farmers, and a small Maidu village. Today, it is a hot spot for alternative arts and music festivals. Belden is accessed by a one-lane bridge built in 1937 that crosses the Feather River. It might be one of the world’s most unique bridges with two martini glasses beckoning visitors to stop.

The Takeaway

Whether you’re passing by on an outdoor adventure or a scenic road trip, Belden is one of the canyon’s nearly-hidden treasures worth taking time to explore.

Belden is a popular stopping point for Pacific Crest Trail hikers.  The Belden Resort will accept packages for PCT hikers.

Belden Town Resort and Lodge offers a small store, campgrounds, RV Hook-ups, cabins, restaurant, bar, lodge, and an outside deck overlooking the N. Fork Feather River in all its natural beauty and sounds.

Belden Essentials

While Beldon does have quite a bit going on, don’t forget it is still a small resort. Be sure to check hours of dining and entertainment options and make sure they’re open before visiting!

  • Population: about 25
  • Elevation: 2,221 feet
  • Elevation: 2,000 feet
  • Less than 2 miles south of Belden
  • Post Office to mail cards and receive supplies for hikers
  • Plenty of hidden fishing spots
  • Four miles SE of Belden on Hwy. 70
  • Once a thriving Gold Rush Town of 1,000
  • Historical Marker #337
  • History of Rich Bar

Places to Stay in or near Belden


Quaint, beautiful, family-friendly and pet friendly cottages in the Feather River Canyon with access to the Feather River.


Just steps from the Feather River, Family Friendly Campground w/ everything you need for a relaxing & exciting vacation. Bring the family, toys & pets

Upcoming Events near Belden

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rugged Roots Farm
501 Crescent Street

Every Tuesday Evening Lost Sierra Food Project hosts a farm stand at Rugged Roots Farm. Follow them on social media to find out about special events and workshops.

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10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Plumas Sierra County Fairgrounds
204 Fairground Rd.

2 days of bluegrass, folk, jazz & more! Square dancing too! Come camp, eat, drink and dance to the top West Coast musicians. Fast becoming a top festival in the region.

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7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
West End Theatre
14 Crescent Street

Enjoy this laugh-till-you-cry comedy that makes fun of daily life while celebrating it! For mature audiences only.

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1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Plumas County Fairgrounds

A stellar collection of micro-brewed beers, yummy food and exciting musical guests including Boot Juice. Over 20 breweries will be pouring!

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Street & More

Join us in Quincy for our annual Norman Rockwell-esque Christmas celebration! Live entertainment, late night shopping, food, a Light Parade and a visit from Santa!

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Dining & Entertainment near Belden

Quincy90 E Main St.
(530) 283-0591
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Serving delicious Mexican and American home-cooked dishes all day. Join us for a tasty breakfast, margarita & nachos after work or a full meal!

Quincy541 Main St
(530) 289-6530
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Taproom in downtown featuring beer from Quincy’s only brewery. Modern pub food and easy-drinking beer styles that appeal to everyone.

Quincy557 Lawrence Street
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Warm, cozy, friendly, and delicious food. Great service. The place to be for breakfast or lunch, or hanging out enjoying a coffee.

Quincy469 Main Street
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Movies show on Fri., Sat., and Monday at 7 pm. Sunday at 4 pm

Quincy2043 E Main Street
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Ice cream, sundaes and shakes plus an ideal spot for a quick bite including burgers, sandwiches, hotdogs and fries.

Quincy497 Lawrence St
(530) 283-9900
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Pizza, pasta, burgers, baked potatoes, salads and more. Plus a full bar! Enjoy your meal in our outdoor garden in warmer months.

Quincy438 Main Street
(530) 283-9380
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An upscale wine bar with a down home feel, where everybody knows your name. We also serve imported and domestic beer by the bottle.

Quincy91 Bradley St
(530) 283-4735
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A sweet temptation of yummy chocolates, complete scratch bakery, full espresso bar, and unique gifts.

Quincy541 Main Street
(530) 283-1956
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A traditional black box theatre offering an intimate space and cutting-edge design for first-rate community theatre and live music.

Shopping near Belden

Quincy1947 Lee Road
(530) 283-0924
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Full line of construction supplies , hardware and lumber

Quincy467 Main St.
(530) 283-1033
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We are a small boutique featuring affordable gifts for bath, home and garden. Many are locally made, inspired by nature, with creative packaging.

Quincy91 Bradley St.
(530) 283-4735
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A sweet temptation of yummy chocolates, complete scratch bakery, full espresso bar, and unique gifts.

Quincy531 Main Street
(530) 283-2266
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Office Supplies, Full print, copy and fax services, Art Supplies. Quincy Souvenirs – T Shirts, sweatshirts, hats , magnets Gifts Gift

Quincy550 Crescent Street
(530) 283-2426
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Full service bike shop, shuttle service, bike rentals, trail maps, local trail knowledge, cycling accessories and apparel.

Quincy411 Main Street
(530) 283-4545
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We are a small business out to make a big difference! Quincy Pharmacy is your local, full-service pharmacy. We also offer unique gifts.

Quincy383 Main Street
(530) 283-0404
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We are a family owned and operated business offering Toys, Games, Boutique Children’s Clothing and Hand Scooped Ice cream.

Quincy373 Main St
(530) 283-0455
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Feather River Outdoors sells and rents gear for biking, skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and more. We also have a full-service bike and ski shop.

Quincy525 Main Street
(530) 283-3402
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Art gallery featuring local and regional artists. Pottery, photography, paintings, jewelry, fabric art and greeting cards. Plus many local events.

Quincy367 Main Street
(530) 616-0230
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Custom Picture Framer, Professional Portrait Photographer. Large Format Printer for your limited edition giclee prints, and we also carry art supplies

Places to Visit Near Belden