FAQs

I want to see what is available so I can adjust my vacation plans. How can I get this information?

From the Reservations page, put in a date close to your interest.  First click on “Availability Overview,” then click on “Click here for more detailed Availability Chart.” This will take you to the overview that allows you to see availability for each unit. You can see availability for a month at a time. The grid shows the color codes and rate codes. All green shaded boxes are available. The little 7 means that the unit has a weekly rate available for a minimum 7-day booking. Plum color means the unit is booked and unavailable unless we receive a cancellation.

I have never been to Drakesbad. What should I bring?

Warm clothes for cool mornings and evenings, hiking boots, swim wear, insect repellant, sunscreen, and a good flashlight with extra batteries is the simple list. A light rain or windbreaker and long pants and boots if you plan to horseback ride are suggested. No need to bring hair dryers or curling irons, since there is no electricity in the rooms. (Our lodge lobby does have outlets, if you must use your computer for uploading pictures or work). Cell phone reception is marginal at the Ranch and we are pleased to remind you that you may go without email service your entire stay! There is, however, cell reception and internet service available in Chester.

Can we bring our pet to Drakesbad?

National Park policy allows pets in the park as long as they are on leash and remain off hiking trails. Drakesbad Guest Ranch, however, cannot accommodate pets in the rooms and discourages leaving pets in vehicles overnight. For this reason, pets are not allowed at Drakesbad.

Can you recommend any local pet boarding?

Yes, please call for reservations for your pet at the facilities below:

Chester Veterinary Clinic
299 Main St, Chester
(530) 258-4242

Almanor Animal Boarding
5194 State Highway 147, Lake Almanor
(530) 284-7777

My family is very active. What is there to do?

Guests can choose from a variety of activities including horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fly fishing, enjoying a massage, or just relaxing. Evening is a perfect time for a good book, fun games, or a quiet conversation around the fireplace or campfire. This summer kids stay free and can enjoy new activities like archery, guided stargazing, nature crafts, and family adventures.

What is the direct route to Drakesbad?

You can find directions and a map on our Address & Directions page.

When is check-in / check-out time?

Check-in time is after lunch. Early arrivals are welcome and you may arrange to have lunch upon arrival. Lunch is served from 12-1 pm. The latest you should arrive is 6-7 pm for dinner. On departure day, we ask that you put your luggage in the car by 10 am, and then you can either stay for lunch or order a sack lunch.

Where are your Lodge, Cabin, Bungalow, Annex, and Duplex rooms located?

To get an idea of the room locations, please download this map of the Ranch.