Blaze the trail September 29, 2018


The art and agriculture communities of Plumas and Sierra Counties are inviting the public to spend an awesome autumn day, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of its treasures: Sierra Valley.



Visitors should plan on beginning the day at one of three "Trailhead" information centers positioned at convenient entry points into Sierra Valley:  The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth and the historic Sierraville School in Sierraville. Trailheads, which will open at 9:30 a.m., will host local artists and will provide an opportunity for visitors to plan the rest of their route with a knowledgeable volunteer, to pick up a paper map and purchase a Passport or souvenir.

Trailhead Addresses:


·  Sierraville School - 305 Lincoln Street, Sierraville, CA

·  Sierra Valley Farms - 1329 County Road A-23, Beckwourth, CA

·  Sierra Valley Grange Hall - 92202 Highway 70, Vinton, CA

Event Details

When, Where


September 29, 2018, Sites open: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Prize drawing, dinner & auction:  4 - 6 p.m.
Location:  Sierra Valley, CA - shared by Plumas and Sierra Counties
30 miles NW of Reno, 24 miles NW of Truckee.

Pick up a free printed map at a Trailhead.

The signs shown above will help mark the sites.
Price for trail access:  Free 

Roberti Ranch Tour


Roberti Ranch offers three ranch tours– On each tour, guests will: 

  • Learn about hay and cattle production.
  • Visit a 120-year old barn and hear about its history.
  • View wildlife and learn about the family’s efforts to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat in Sierra Valley.
  • At the end of the tour, guests will see one of the oldest homestead houses in the Valley, which was built in the 1860s.   
  • Tours will last approximately 1.5 hours and there is a limited number of seats.

Ranch tours are full for 2018.


The Passport


Visitors are encouraged to purchase a  limited edition Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail Passport, featuring iconic images from Sierra Valley and spaces to collect stamps as you travel the Trail. A fundraiser for the event, the Passport is a great keepsake item, a fun activity and an entry into a prize drawing.

  Online advanced sales have ended but you can purchase a passport or raffle tickets at one of the Trailheads on September 29 (while supplies last)! 

Prize Drawing


 The Sierra Valley Art + Ag Trail is blessed with a generous community, including our artists and exhibitors, many of whom donate some of their beautiful artwork for a prize drawing that serves as a fundraiser to keep the event going. Purchasing an event passport gets you two prize drawing tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $5 each. The drawing will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall on the day of the event. 

Sierra Valley Barn Quilts


Travelers along the Art & Ag trail will be treated to a new art installation in Sierra Valley. Barn quilts honor the economic, cultural, and historical contribution of ranching and farming to our rural communities, while celebrating one of America’s historic art forms, the quilt block. With the support of a grant from the California Arts Council, local artists, quilters and ranchers have come together under the guidance of the Sierra County Arts Council over the last year to create the Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail. The Barn Quilt patterns speak to the Valley’s Swiss-Italian heritage, wildlife and agricultural foundation. They add a story and a splash of color to grand old structures around the Valley.

Dinner & Festivities


 Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the end-of-day activities. Following the 4:30 p.m. prize drawing, you won’t want to miss the Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association & the Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen’s delicious tri-tip dinner. These folks know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed. (Vegetarian option also available.) This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. Dinner will be followed by an entertaining live auction that will send you home with a smile on your face and maybe something special for your home.