Virtual Guidebook to Lassen Volcanic Park and the Modoc Plateau
Surprise Valley
Modoc County California


This is a pleasant agricultural valley with several picturesque and historic towns. It is certainly a long way from anywhere, which is part of its appeal. The rugged Warner Mountains lie to the west, the rolling sagebrush desert of Nevada to the east.



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Main Street in the town of Cedarville

(July 4, 2003)


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Irrigated hayfields in Surprise Valley

(July 4, 2003)


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The northern part of Surprise Valley, with an extensive dry lake

(July 4, 2003)


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Looking south into Surprise Valley from north of Fort Bidwell

(July 4, 2003)


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