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Piedmont, California
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We love Lassen National Park - great hiking, wonderful views, waterfalls, thermal features (geysers, etc.), and it's never crowded. However, lodging is almost non-existent, which makes Drakesbad a really special place in the park. We spent 4 days there recently and really enjoyed it, but the visitor needs to know that this is pretty primitive - maybe the next step...

2Thank mrancer
Jerusalem, Israel
Reviewed 22 October 2016

The experience builds to a 2.5 mile dirt road journey through the park to reach Drakesbad Resort where you find yourself set back 100 years. There are scattered wooden cabins - each equipped with bath and showers but no electricity, overlooking a vast field of wild flowers. The food is wonderful - the horses fun to feed and ride -...

2Thank LilyBean019
Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This review is for the 1st time guest. Drakesbad has loyal guests that return every year. For the uninitiated keep reading . The good: beautiful location , decent meals( mandatory included in rate) hiking trails & horseback riding available. Decent staff . The bad: Expensive ! Really small rooms( maybe 8x10) Small lumpy double (maybe?)beds( I'm 5'6 & my feet...

5Thank KiwiVacance1
Ft Worth. TX
Reviewed 4 October 2016

My husband and I were here in September and we loved our stay. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was excellent - best I've ever had in a national park. Drakesbad is the only lodging except for campsites within the park, but it is 1hr plus to the nearest entrance. It is very rugged. If you want electricity and/...

1Thank vanam1960
San Rafael, California
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This place offers comfortable albeit rudimentary accommodations. The meals are excellent, and the staff is friendly and always helpful with assistance and advice. Drakesbad is not that close to the well known parts of Lassen (Bumpass Hell, Lassen Peak, Cinder Cone, etc) but well within hiking distance are some beautiful geothermal sites like Terminal Geyser and the Devil's Kitchen. The...

Thank John C
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Drakesbad is a unique place, lots of history, natural wonders and relaxation. Excellent service and food always top notch. It is rustic, so be prepared. That's a big part of its charm. And it is relatively unknown, part of California's little used Lassen National Park. Drakesbad is like a mini-Yellowstone Park with hydrothermal features like Devils Kitchen a short hike...

Thank Alex S
Annapolis, Maryland
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We never imagined that Drakesbad Guest Ranch would be so difficult to get into but we are glad that we had the opportunity. We were only able to snag one night in a private cabin and we were told by Nicholas at Drakesbad that we probably were lucky that someone cancelled and we slipped in. The drive to Drakesbad is...

Thank Alan B
Ashland, Oregon
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Over thirty years ago, we went to Drakesbad Guest Ranch with our kids. It was a good vacation spot for kids with a volcanicly heated pool, good hiking, and horseback riding. It also provided three meals a day, which enabled my wife to avoid cooking. We decided to see how it had changed in all this time. The answer is...

Thank therman1936
Hollie P, Public Relations Manager at Drakesbad Guest Ranch, responded to this review

Dear Therman 1936, thank you for your review of Drakesbad Guest Ranch and we are delighted to hear of your return after thirty years though we are disappointed the experience did not live up to your expectations. You are right that not much has changed in thirty years and we are pleased to have maintained the authenticity that Drakesbad represents...

Norwich, Vermont
Reviewed 1 September 2016

There are no TVs, no cell service, and no internet. Much of the ranch doesn't even have electric power. We had to walk a quarter of a mile to take a shower. You just have to accept this is a unique and very special place. With those caveats the Drakesbad is pretty much perfect. Ideal setting, cozy rooms, and great...

Thank Vince W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We stayed here for four nights while hiking in Lassen National Park. The price includes three meals a day and the meals are pretty good. If you plan to not be on the property at lunch, they will pack a sack lunch for you. The accommodations are rustic but you can still have a nice bathroom with a shower. I...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
In 1916 Congress established Lassen Volcanic National Park as the fifteenth national park in the United States. Privately held Drakesbad bordered the park in the southeast corner. The Sifford family continued to run their beloved Guest Ranch as good neighbors of the Park Service each summer for forty-two years. To preserve the Ranch and guarantee continued quality service for generations to come, Drakesbad was sold to the US government in 1958 for inclusion in to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Since that sale there have been three park concessionaires: for the past 36 years Drakesbad has been run by California Guest Services where the emphasis is still on outstanding customer service! All rates include three meals per day and lodging! All accommodations are rustic and quaint, most without electricity. The use of kerosene lamps is a welcome respite from the modern world and adds a distinct and old time ranch feel to your stay. All rooms include a full or half bath and are gas heated. Housekeeping services are provided daily. As a member of the Green Hotels Network, we make every effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle at Drakesbad. General Information Drakesbad Guest Ranch is open (pending weather conditions) June through mid October. The Ranch is closed mid October through to May. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Address: end of Warner Valley Road, Chester, CA 96020
Region: United States > California > Plumas County > Chester
Price Range: RM308 - RM704 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Drakesbad Guest Ranch Hotel Chester
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“When choosing a room, you may need to choose between having electricity or having a shower. Know how your room is equipped when reserving.”
mrancer, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All are quiet; none large; a few have electricity and showers if you want to pay more. We did and were glad! All have kerosene lanterns.”
vanam1960, 4 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The lodge is best for singles or couples. Cabins okay and bungalows are best.”
V3493OPalexs, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
“a private cabin is probably preferred if you can get it”
BostonhikerBoston_MA, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Choose the annex or duplex if they are available.”
therman1936, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
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