Local Area Attractions
Mt Shasta City / Siskiyou County where the population numbers are small but the activities and places to see, visit and explore, outnumber the people. Starting at the top is Mt. Shasta, coming from any direction the volcano is visible from hundreds of miles away. Our KOA rests at the bottom and only minutes from the trailheads where people from all over the world come to gather. From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and backcountry roads, the area provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Use Mt. Shasta as your base camp while you visit and explore the area.
Box Canyon Dam and Trail
Stands 209 feet above a rocky river gorge and view the Sacramento River rush from Lake Siskiyou. On the way to Lake Siskiyou you'll pass over Box Canyon Dam, where you may park off the road on either side for an awesome view. Walk the beautiful Box Canyon trail that begins just North of the gorge. The three-quarter mile trail skirts the North rim of the dam, winds through dense forests crosses a number of tiny mountain creeks and offers opportunities to view the dam and canyon from a number of different points.
Castle Crags State Park
The park offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. The park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park. The park is named for 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags.
Climate / Weather
With exceptional air quality and pure water in a high alpine environment, we enjoy four distinct seasons. The weather in the City of Mt Shasta and Siskiyou County is ideal. Average summer afternoon temperatures are in the 80's with no humidity, and evening temperatures may drop to the 40's. Rain and snowfall occurs mainly in the months of October through mid-May.
The area offers a variety of savory cuisine to suit every ones palate, from traditional to fascinating international fare. The bountiful flavors found in Mt Shasta restaurants are influenced by the cooking styles of American, Italian, Mexican and regional Asian cuisines. Dining establishments range from elegant restaurants with candlelit meals, to family dining in a hospitable atmosphere. We have restaurants and dining within walking distance, and quite a few of them deliver.
Dogsledding / Dog Sled Express
Dogsled Express, guided winter sled dog tours, would like to customize a ride for you that will best serve your needs,….whether it be for a single passenger, you and your sweetheart, family, or short rides for a large group. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities to the quiet and solitude of the trail. Along with the majestic scenery of Mount Shasta and the excitement of these great canine athletes we will encourage you to meet each and every dog on your tour team.
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens is located in the heart of the Dunsmuir City Park approximately 8 miles South of the Mt Shasta City KOA, encompassing about ten acres of a hilly, wooded area with a meadow, a playground area, and picnic sites bordering the beautiful Upper Sacramento River, numerous walking trails meander through the park, allowing good viewing of the native and introduced plant material. .
Siskiyou County’s golfers almost never play without a stunning view of Mount Shasta. The 6,950 yard Lake Shastina Golf Resort (near Weed) is an 18-hole championship course known as the Magnificent Monster, while Siskiyou County’s newest 18-hole course is at the Mount Shasta Resort on Lake Siskiyou. The McCloud Golf Course offers many wide fairways; the Weed Golf Course offers tough putting challenges. When making reservations or staying at Mt Shasta City KOA let us call and arrange the tee time for you.
Lake Shasta Caverns
A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic, thousands of years in the making. It begins with a colorful catamaran cruise across the lake, a 15 minute sail on Shasta's sky blue waters, surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. A ten minute scenic bus ride, on one of Lake Shasta Cavern's new busses, will take you 800 feet above the lake surface to the cavern entrance. By all means bring your camera.
Lake Siskiyou is a reservoir used for watershed protection, flood control, and local recreation. Various fishing, swimming, and boating sites are easily available on the north side of the lake. On the South side of the lake locals and visitors enjoy the Reynold’s Resort for a small day use fee. Bathrooms, showers, camping, RV parking, cabins, boating, beach area with kids park, and concessions store are available at the resort.
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!
Lava Beds National Monument is located 100 miles North East of the Mt Shasta City KOA.
McArthur - Burney Falls Memorial State Park
The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of stream side and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful.
McCloud Mercantile Company
The McCloud River Mercantile Company is a shopper’s paradise offering a variety of general merchandise, vintage lines, apparel, apothecary, gourmet foods, fine wines, and ales. Guests have commented that “the Mercantile is a fun place to be during a winter storm because you can keep in touch with folks in the stores and cafes or find a quiet place to read a good book all under one roof.”
Medicine Lake is located about 65 miles East of the Mt Shasta City KOA and offers spectacular opportunities for recreation and sightseeing. The lake sits in the caldera of an ancient volcano called Medicine Lake Volcano.
The elevation of the lake is an amazing 6,700 feet, and the lake covers nearly 600 acres. Its waters are known for being cold and amazingly clear.
Mt Shasta Brewing Company a "Siskiyou County favorite"
Mt. Shasta Brewing Company is a microbrewery based in Weed, California, the makers of Weed Ales & Lagers. Owners Vaune and Barbara Dillmann began commercial production in 2003. Mount Shasta Brewing Company is licensed to distribute its beers in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. The brewery has won awards for its beers, for local community involvement and for its marketing success with the slogan "Try Legal Weed"
Mt. Shasta the Volcano
Mt Shasta is the second highest peak in the Cascade Range, surpassed only by Mount Rainier which is just 249 feet taller. The mountain is one of the southernmost volcanoes in the Cascades, with only Lassen Peak further south Shastina, The last eruption occurred in 1786; the sulfur springs near the top of Mount Shasta give warning that the mountain will reawaken in the future.
Mt Shasta Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center
The Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting trade and tourism in the Mount Shasta area for the benefit of our members and the citizens of our community. The Chamber is located at the NE Corner of Lake Street at Pine, walking distance from the KOA.
Mt Shasta City Park / Sacramento River Headwaters
Originally the summer campus of the Chico State University, it was turned over to the city when air conditioning made summer classes in Chico practical. A spring in the park is the primary source of the Sacramento River. Contains senior Center and other buildings used by various clubs and organizations. There is a large play field, playground equipment, picnic tables, BBQ's and restrooms. Located just North of the Mt Shasta KOA off North Mt Shasta Blvd.
Mount Shasta Scenic Drive
Everett Memorial Highway is a year-round gateway to recreation and sightseeing on the slopes of Mount Shasta. As you travel up the highway which begins in Mt Shasta City you will drive through forests up to approx. 7,000 ft. In the winter, park and play in the snow at Bunny Flats, the trailhead for the most popular route to the summit. During the short, high altitude summer season, walk with care through the delicate beauty of alpine vegetation in Panther Meadows.
Mt Shasta Lavender Farms
Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms is a working farm and seasonal destination where the views of Mt. Shasta are as intoxicating as the fragrance from the purple fields. Roam acres of lavender and cut a basketful to take home, enjoy our quality products, and sip lavender lemonade as you also refresh your spirit. Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms, lis only twenty minutes north of Mt. Shasta City KOA.
Mt. Shasta Ski Park
Mount Shasta Ski Park is a ski resort located in northern California, just east of Interstate 5 along SR 89 between the City of Mount Shasta and the town of McCloud. Come enjoy the superb snow at Mt. Shasta Ski Park by participating in Ski School, Cross Country Skiing or recreational skiing. During the winter season you will find a variety of daily specials along with reasonable ski packages.
River Dancer's Rafting & Kayaking
Whether you are looking for a half-day Klamath River outing for little ones through grandparents, or a multi-day family rafting adventure in the Klamath River or the Trinity River, that your teenagers will be talking about for years, we’re ready to help you customize an epic family river rafting vacation.
Shasta - Trinity National Forest
The Shasta-Trinity is the largest national forest in California with a diverse landscape ranging from 1,000 to 14,162 feet. The 2.1 million acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. Hikers, backpackers and horseback riders will find over 460 miles of trails to explore. They range from wide trails with easy grades to rough rocky steep grades..
Shastice Park, at the north eastern part of the city. Shastice Park consists of 38 acres, 14 of which are developed. The barbecues, picnic tables and playgrounds make it a wonderful spot for a family outing. You can reserve a group picnic area by calling the parks department. Tennis courts, lighted soft ball field, playground, multi-use field and walking trails (undeveloped) make for a wonderful area for friends and family. The outdoor Siskiyou Ice Rink, available from November through February, is the pride of the entire south county.
Avid shoppers in Mt Shasta can choose from an assortment of specialty stores, quaint boutiques, gift shops, and old fashioned market. Mt Shasta maintains a reputation as the South County's shopping center. The downtown area offers retail shops, coffee houses, restaurants, unique bookstores, and art galleries. Several restaurants offer outdoor seating and a view of magnificent Mt Shasta. Mt Shasta City KOA is only a short 3 blocks from the center of the shopping district.
Siskiyou County Museum
The Siskiyou County Museum is a county facility and together with the assistance of the Siskiyou County Historical Society has generated a wonderful collection of artifacts, photographs, and ephemera. The outstanding Siskiyou County Museum was built in 1950 by the county to collect, preserve, disseminate, and interpret the history of the area for future generations. The Siskiyou County Museum is located in Yreka approximately 40 miles north of the Mt Shasta City KOA.
Snowman's Hill - McCloud
A designated sledding hill at the Snowman's Hill Pass on CA Highway 89 between Interstate 5 and McCloud, California. Snowman's Hill was famous for its ski jumping, but today it is known for its sledding and tobogganing.
Only minutes from the KOA.
Stewart Mineral Springs
Sequestered in the Mt. Shasta foothills, Stewart Mineral Springs offers a unique environment of sacred mineral waters, affordable accommodations, and a variety of workshops and retreats. The indigenous Karuk Tribe has respected these springs for generations, and we’ve honored their devotion for 130 years. Our commitment to every guest reflects these values. Stewart Mineral Springs provides guests a holistic experience. Our retreat offers soothing private mineral baths, a wood-burning sauna and cool river plunges..
Turtle Bay Exploration Park / Sundial Bridge
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, located in Redding is a museum complex that interprets the relationship between humans and nature. The attractions include a botanical garden, a natural history and science museum, a camp for nature, history and science education programs, and seasonal animal programs.
Turtle Bay is approximately 1 hr south of the Mt Shasta City KOA.
Lassen National Forest
The Lassen National Forest lies at the heart at one of the most fascinating areas of California, called the crossroads. Here the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet and blend.
Living Memorial and Sculpture Gardens
The Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, created by Vietnam veteran and sculpture artist, Dennis Smith is dedicated as a war memorial. The metal sculptures evoke a powerful sense of striving for peace. Fifty-eight thousand pines, a living memorial to the 58,000 American dead in Vietnam, also grace the site. Although it is dedicated to veterans of all conflicts, the site has been developed as a “park for everyone”.Sitting areas are provided for quiet meditation and contemplation.