Welcome

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.

Trailheads

 

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.

Event Details

When, Where

September 30, 2017, 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.

 At this time, all of the bus tours are full. Please do drop by the Roberti Ranch between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to visit with three local 4H clubs, meet (and pet!) their farm animals, ask questions of 4H members, leaders and parents - and have a snow cone!

 

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.

 Purchase the Passport now through our Reservations Page, or at one of the Trailheads on September 30 (while supplies last)! 

Trailheads

The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail will feature 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 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, purchase a Passport or souvenir Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail embroidered flour sack dish towels and generally fortify for the trail ahead.

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.

Prize Drawing & Dinner

This year, both the Plumas-Sierra Cattlemen’s Association & the Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen will be cooking up a delicious meal to end the day. The Grange will serve up a fantastic bar. Trail-weary pioneers are encouraged to stop by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 – 6 p.m. for the prize drawing, as well as refreshments and tri-tip dinner. This will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, compare passport stamps, swap stories and refuel for the drive home. (These folks know their way around a grill and a cut of beef, so this is not a stop to be missed.)