About Sierra Valley






Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail Map

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 The Sierra Valley Barn Quilt Trail is a permanent art installation in Sierra Valley. Please enjoy views of the barn quilts safely while visiting Sierra Valley. 



Golden West

711 Main Street Loyalton, California  96118

(530) 993-4467

Vintage Style Motel features 15 fully furnished rooms equipped with coffee makers, full bathrooms and cable TV. Full Restaurant & Bar downstairs. Pets OK, credit cards. Rooms are clean and non-smoking.

Rates: $69/night

Sierra Motel

330 East Sierra Street Portola

(530) 832-4223


27 rooms, open all year, pets ok,  phones in rooms, picnic area, credit cards ok. Fridges and microwaves in all rooms.

Average rates: $63 to $95/night, call for specials

Chalet View Lodge

72056 Highway 70, Blairsden-Graeagle, California 96103

 (866) 430 2692


Recently published room rates: $135 - $280 

Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.

The Lodge at Nakoma

 Nakoma Resort, 348 Bear Run, Clio, CA 

 (877) 462-5662 

The centerpiece of the Nakoma Resort is its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright designed Clubhouse. Emerging from the surrounding pines, this mountain masterpiece houses a Reception Foyer, Wigwam Dining Room, FLoW Bar & Lounge, Spa and fitness facilities, award winning golf shop, and ski touring center in the winter. 


Pullman House Bed and Breakfast

256 Commercial Street, Portola

(530) 832-0107


Unique railroad theme.Six rooms, TV, phones, private baths.Continental breakfast. Space for small conference or retreat. Laundry facility.Open all year, no pets, nonsmoking, A/C

 Rates: $75 to $125/night 

Sleepy Pines Motel

74631 Highway 70, Portola

(530) 832-4291


15 rooms, Country gift shop

Open all year, A/C, pets ok, 

kitchens, picnic area, credit cards ok.

Average rates:  $71 to $112 + tax 


Canyon Ranch Sierraville

 622 Old Truckee Road, Sierraville 

(530) 994-1033

 The family-owned and operated Canyon Ranch Resort features seven creek-side log cabins with kitchens and bathrooms. 

Canyon Ranch Resort of Sierraville, California is open year round. Please call for information and reservations.


The Valley House Sierraville

(530) 414-8453 

 Unit 1 is half of a two-unit apartment hotel centrally located and within walking distance to restaurants in beautiful Sierraville, California. Unit One is ADA-compliant with a large bedroom and bathroom. It's perfect for a family vacation with a sofa bed in the living room.  

From The Valley House, you can walk to all of Sierraville's amenities and it's a beautiful 2-mile bike or car ride to Sierra Valley Hot Springs Resort, which offers all-day soaks, spa experiences and organic dining. 


The Gilded Drifter Loyalton

(530) 428-5015

Following a remodel, the 1898 Inn building offers 6 guest rooms including a two room honeymoon suite and 5 full bathrooms.  Rooms all feature original wood floors and restored windows with views of the gorgeous valley and surrounding mountains.  Common areas include a library/lounge area, guest kitchen and outdoor seating areas.  



Potter 8 Ranch Farm Stay on Airbnb - Loyalton


Cozy and beautifully decorated guesthouse on a 250-acre working cattle ranch, raising grass-fed beef and hay.  Lawns and large attached deck and barbecue. Enjoy spectacular views of Sierra Valley. Sleeps up to seven. 

Blackbird Inn

 276 Lower Main Street, Clio, CA 96106

(859) 242-6058

The Blackbird Inn building opened in 1900 as a General Store, hosting the local post office and gas station. Inspired by the rich local history, each room in the Inn represents a piece of the past, named for the Sawmill, the Maidu Tribe and other local haunts.

Sierra Valley Food Stops

Golden West Dining

711 Main Street Loyalton, California  96118 

(530) 993-4476

American Style Casual Dining | Prime Rib Saturday & Sundays | Weekdays Lunch & Dinner | Weekend Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Fork & Horn

101 E. Main Street Sierraville, California

 (530) 994-1070

American Style comfort food, breakfast & lunch | "The Fork & Horn is a locally owned and operated restaurant in Sierraville, CA.  We make everything from scratch in small batches, with love"

Los Dos Hermanos

100 S Lincoln St Sierraville, CA 96126   

(530) 994-1058

Authentic Mexican Food serving lunch and dinner daily

Smithneck Farms

 107 E Main St Sierraville, CA 95936 

 (530) 994-3033 

 Espresso, freshly baked pastries, breakfast burritos, scrambles and sandwiches. Cinnamon rolls… yum. Open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Rhonda's Lil' Frosty

319 Main St. Loyalton, Ca 96118  

(530) 993-1192 

Burgers, fries, milkshakes, soft serve ice cream

Goodwin's General Store

 94139 Highway 70, Chilcoot 

(530) 993-4683

Coffee, espresso, juice bar, sandwiches made-to-order, warm deli items. Open 7 a.m. To 7 p.m.

Larkspur Café


700 Main Street, Loyalton, CA


 Breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and drinks (including coffee, espresso & golden milk).

Check website for current hours.

White's Sierra Station


508 Main Street, Loyalton 

(530) 993-1212 

Sandwiches, paninis, grab-n-go items.

Bird watching

Sierra Valley has the greatest abundance of bird species in the Sierra Nevada, with more than 280 different species using the Valley at some point in the year and about 160 species breeding here in the spring. Birding clubs and passionate individuals come from far away to see the diverse assemblage of species using the sage steppe, grassland and freshwater marsh habitats. Feather River Land Trust's Sierra Valley Preserve (accessed from County Road A-24) has a short trail and bird viewing platform accessible to the public. 

Local Museums in Sierra Valley Area


Milton Gottardi Museum, Loyalton

 605 School Street, Loyalton 96118

Ken McHenry, docent, 

contact: (775) 750-7673 (Reno)

 The focus of the Loyalton Milton Gottardi Museum is "preserving the history of the Sierra Valley." The display rooms highlight early 20th century home and business life, and there is a special emphasis on the railroads and logging/mill operations, including a model train layout depicting a logging camp, the Clover Valley Lumber Company, Main Street Loyalton, and a dairy ranch in the pre-WW II era. 

Directions: 1 block north of Main Street (Highway 49) behind The Golden West Hotel. The museum is visible from Main Street. 


Jim Beckwourth Cabin Museum, east of Portola

 Rocky Point Road, east of Portola, CA

The museum is an 1850s-era log cabin, which once served as a trading post and hotel of sorts, and was reportedly built by explorer and Mountain Man, Jim Beckwourth.Directions:  From Highway 70, turn south on Rocky Point Road, 0.3 of a mile west of the Lester T. Davis CalTrans rest stop. The museum does not have a physical or postal address, nor does it have a phone. It exists just as Jim Beckwourth might have in 1856. But it is the only log cabin on the west side of Rocky Point Road, ~ 200 yards south of Highway 70. Look for a sign in front of the Cabin to indicate when the museum is open.



Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Portola

700 Western Pacific Way Portola, CA

(530) 832-4131

 Open daily Saturday and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, weather permitting.

Call or check on line for specifics: directions, reservations, special features, including train rides, etc.  Operated by the Feather River Rail Society, this 36-acre museum celebrates the Western Pacific Railroad and invites guests to experience railroading in a "hands-on" environment, just like taking a walk into your local rail yard.  


Williams House, Portola Area Visitor Center

 424 Highway 70 (Sierra Avenue)

East end of Portola 

 (530) 832-0671 

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-3 from February until mid-December

Portola history, told through interesting historical displays of photos, artifacts and information. The log cabin that houses the museum was built in 1931 from logs cut from Beckwourth Peak.