Things To Do in Scott Valley, CA

Nestled in the heart of Siskiyou County’s West region, Scott Valley comprises three main towns — Fort Jones, Etna, and Callahan. Each of these towns offers visitors something completely unique, from fascinating pieces of local history to outdoor adventure of all kinds. And, being only 15 minutes away from each other, this trifecta of Siskiyou towns provides all you need for an escape of epic proportions.

Fort Jones

Fort Jones, also known as the Gateway to the Marble Mountains, is a tight-knit community with historical charm, making it the perfect stop to explore Northern California and feel like a local.

  • The REC
    The Fort Jones Resource & Event Center — or, the REC — is the community hub of this rugged mountain town. The REC hosts a wide range of events all year long, from dances and community get-togethers to film screenings and concerts. If you can’t make it out for an event, the Relics at the REC retail store make a visit here a must on your itinerary. Browse collectibles and antiques, hand-curated by the friendly folks behind the scenes at the REC. Much like each historical landmark in Fort Jones, every item here has a story — and owners Peggi and Larry Alexander would love to chat with you about them.

  • M5 — Five Marys Burgerhouse
    Operating with a guiding philosophy of “Great food, great cocktails, and great company,” M5 is everyone’s favorite burger spot in Fort Jones, and it’s easy to see why. This restaurant is run by the Heffernan family, and all of their meat is raised to the highest standards right down the road, at their family ranch. They ensure that every dish is made with the best possible quality of ingredients, and as a result, you can taste the difference. Stop by for one of Mary’s famous Sidecars at the bar or a juicy burger and consider taking a some of their meat cuts home from the cooler cases or their farm store where they pack and ship all of their farm raised products. If you can make it on a Friday night, you’ll also be treated to some live music with your meal on their charming outdoor patio and grass lawn.
  • Fort Jones Museum
    Step back in time at the Fort Jones Museum, where you can learn about the area’s rich history. The museum features exhibits on Native American culture, the Gold Rush, and early pioneer life. It’s a fascinating stop for history enthusiasts and provides a deep insight into this area’s colorful past.

  • Marble Rim Gallery
    Perfect for art enthusiasts and appreciators of all kinds, Marble Rim Gallery showcases the talents of Fort Jones’ local artists in an effort to uplift and support the community’s population of artisans. Browse the works of the gallery’s featured artists and marvel at the craftsmanship of stunning handmade jewelry, pottery items and more, all of which are available for purchase.
  • Fort Jones Trading Post
    Grab your caffeine boost and prepare to face the day with a stop at Fort Jones Trading Post, Fort Jones’ favorite local coffee shop and cafe. Their menu has a number of options for every palate, and each drink is handcrafted using locally-roasted espresso. It’s a great grab-and-go spot for lunch, too, as they also offer sandwiches, ice cream and more.

  • Jones Beach
    For a bit of relaxation, head to Jones Beach, a serene spot tucked right by the Scott River. It’s perfect for picnicking, swimming or simply taking in the natural beauty of the area. Only a 20-minute drive from Fort Jones proper, the beach is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a peaceful retreat in the heart of Fort Jones.


While the city of Etna may be small, it has a lot to offer for anyone visiting the West Siskiyou region.

  • Etna Summit
    If you’re cut from an adventurous cloth, you’ll love a day spent hiking Etna Summit, a popular starting point for hiking and exploring the rugged wilderness of the Klamath National Forest. The views from the summit are breathtaking, offering panoramic vistas of the valley below and the surrounding mountains. This hike is considered intermediate to difficult, so be sure you and your group are physically prepared for a somewhat challenging hike. This is also a crossroads of the Pacific Crest Trail and thru hikers often stop off here and make their way down to Etna, a favorite trail town for a filling meal and resupply on gear and trail essentials.

  • Denny Bar Co
    Denny Bar Co is a distillery, restaurant and bar all rolled into one — and the only one of its kind in the area. This unique, elevated eatery produces a wide range of craft spirits, including whiskey, gin and vodka, all made at their on-site distillery, which you can also tour for free on your visit. The restaurant offers a menu of locally sourced dishes that pair perfectly with their drinks, making it a must-visit spot for any food and drink enthusiasts.
  • Historic Avery Theatre
    Donated to the City of Etna by the Avery family, The Historic Avery Theatre is a beautifully restored venue that acts as the cultural hub for Etna. This theatre hosts a variety of performances, from live music to community theater. Keep an eye on their events calendar to see what’s on during your visit!
  • Etna Brewing Company
    Calling all beer lovers: if you’re going to add one thing to your itinerary, make it Etna Brewing Company. The oldest brewery on the West Coast, Etna Brewing Company offers a selection of award-winning craft beers brewed on-site, with a cozy taproom where you can sample their offerings. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cold beer after a day of exploring. You may even catch live music on the patio stage or play a friendly board game with locals.
  • Johnson-Joss Memorial Park – Also known as Etna Park by locals
    You will hear this called Etna park by locals but the official name is Johnson-Joss Memorial Park is a lovely spot for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. The park features playgrounds, picnic areas and plenty of open space for activities. It’s a favorite spot for families and offers a peaceful setting to unwind. The park is a popular camp spot for PCT thru hikers because of its affordable price and proximity to town and hosts annual events like the Scott Valley Bluegrass festival under its many shade trees.

  • Russian Wilderness
    Located about a half hour outside of Etna proper, The Russian Wilderness is a pristine natural area perfect for eager explorers. It offers over 100 hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging backcountry routes. The wilderness area is known for its stunning landscapes, including alpine lakes, dense forests and sweeping mountain peaks.
  • Farmhouse Bakery
    For a taste of local flavor, stop by the Farmhouse Bakery. This charming bakery offers a range of homemade breads, pastries, and other baked goods, all made from scratch using local ingredients. It’s a delightful place to grab a coffee and a treat.
  • Etna Museum
    Learn about the fascinating history of Etna at the Etna Museum — also called The Museum of the Native Daughters of the Golden West — which features exhibits on the town’s early settlers, Etna’s Native American history and much more.
  • Mountain Healing Spa
    After a few days of exploring and adventuring, some relaxation might be in order. Head to Mountain Healing Spa, which offers a variety of rejuvenating treatments, including massages, facials and body wraps, all designed to help you unwind and feel your best.

  • Dotty’s
    Who doesn’t love a classic, all-American meal served up in a setting that will make you nostalgic for eras gone by? Dotty’s is a beloved local diner that leans into that vintage diner aesthetic, serving up some of the best hearty American fare in Scott Valley.

  • Etna Farmer’s Market
    If you’re visiting during the growing season, be sure to check out the Etna Farmer’s Market. It’s a great place to pick up fresh, locally grown produce, homemade goods and handmade crafts. The market is a vibrant community gathering place and offers a taste of local life — plus, it’s a great way to support local producers and boost the community while you’re here.
  • Mule Bridge Trailhead
    Head up and over Etna Summit into the Klamath National forest to find Mule Bridge Trailhead, a popular starting point for hikes into the surrounding wilderness. The trails offer a variety of experiences, from easy walks to challenging hikes, and provide access to some of the region’s most beautiful natural areas.
  • Hallie Daggett Cabin, Etna
    The Hallie Dagget Cabin is a historical interpretive site of a restored fire lookout that has been moved to the Etna City Park. It’s a great choice for those looking to experience a piece of local history, as its building was initially occupied by Hallie Morse Daggett, the first female fire lookout ever employed by the U.S. Forest Service.


Round out your escape to Scott Valley with a stop in Callahan, the third town making up this dynamic trifecta of places to adventure.

  • The Callahan Emporium
    The Callahan Emporium is a historic general store that has been serving the community for years. It offers a wide range of craft beers on tap and an ever-expanding menu. In addition to their fresh deli sandwiches and always satisfying chili, they make burgers, French dips, and grilled steak dinners on the weekends and live band performances, all nestled within a rustic and charming historical building. This is the perfect place to meet some of Callahan’s locals and experience the friendly hospitality this town does so well.
  • Kangaroo Lake Trail and Campground
    Kangaroo Lake is a drive-in alpine lake campground and recreation area 17 miles outside of Callahan. The 25-acre lake is a popular spot for non-motorized boating, fishing, and birding. Many facilities at the lake are accessible by wheelchair on the 1/4 mile paved pathway that leads right to the water’s edge or explore on foot, the out and back 1.1 mile trail . The area gets snowed in and is closed in the off season so make sure to check ahead before venturing out to this serene and picturesque place.

 Places to Stay in Scott Valley

With so much to explore, you also want to make sure that you’ve got a soft place to rest your head at the end of the day. Check out our picks for the top spots to stay while you’re visiting the Scott Valley area.

  • Summerville Inn, Etna
    For somewhere that feels like home, head to the Summerville Inn, a beautifully restored vacation home perfect for larger groups or anyone looking for a little more privacy during their stay. Enjoy comfortable rooms against a stunning mountain backdrop as you soak in the serenity. Located on a working cattle ranch, guests may get a unique opportunity to see the cowboys in action driving cattle or watch the horses play in the adjacent fields
  • The Etna Motel, Etna
    For a more budget-friendly option, consider the Etna Motel. It offers clean and comfortable accommodations with easy access to all the attractions in Etna. The motel is a convenient choice for travelers looking for a simple and affordable place to stay — and it’s a great choice for families, as kids stay free!
  • Etna RV Park, Etna
    If you’re traveling with an RV, the Etna RV Park is a great option. It offers full hookups, clean facilities and a convenient location near the town’s main attractions. The park is a favorite among RV travelers and positions you perfectly to enjoy the best of what the area has to offer.
  • Bluebird Inn, Etna
    The Bluebird Inn is a charming bed and breakfast in Etna, offering beautifully decorated rooms and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The inn’s hosts are known for their hospitality, and the breakfast is a highlight of the stay: you can have a homemade breakfast delivered right to your room, so you’re ready to hit the ground running when it comes to the day’s adventures.
  • Collier Hotel, Etna
    Just steps away from Downtown Etna, the historic Collier Hotel is perfect for every traveler, from those traveling solo or in pairs to those traveling with larger groups. This stunning hotel sleeps up to 12, making it a great choice for family reunions or other events.
  • Indian Scotty Campground, Fort Jones
    For those who prefer to experience the area’s natural amenities up close and personal, the Indian Scotty Campground in Fort Jones offers a beautiful and serene setting to do it. The campground is located along the Scott River and provides a perfect base for exploring the natural beauty of the area. It’s a great option for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

Plan Your Epic Stay Today

On your next adventure to Siskiyou, consider planning your stay in Scott Valley. You’ll be able to explore fascinating bits of local history, enjoy the beautiful, rugged wilderness of West Siskiyou and completely relax, all in one area. Plan your stay today — we’ll be waiting.


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