How to Book
Go to Choose Accommodation in the main menu. Enter your dates and number of people to see the rate for any of our three rental options (Entire Ranch, Ranch House or Outdoor Use Area). Complete the booking for your stay online using PayPal or credit/debit card, or contact us for assistance in completing the transaction.
In order to keep your reservation secure, be aware that full payment is due 30 days before your arrival.
During High Season (July and August) there is now a three night minimum. There is a two-night minimum stay except holiday weekends, which has a three-night minimum stay.
Check In & Check Out
Arrival: Unless otherwise stated on the booking confirmation, Guests may check-in between 4:00 p.m. and 7 p.m.on the scheduled day of arrival. Reservations that have been secured by credit card or prepaid at the time of booking will be held until 11:59 p.m. on the scheduled day of arrival unless otherwise agreed to.
Departure: On the day of departure we ask all guests to vacate their rooms or camping spots by 12:00 noon. Late check-out after this time can be requested subject to availability and will be charged at an hourly rate at the discretion of the Property. Depending on the season you may swim or use the decks until 2PM.
Cancellation and Change Policies
Rock Creek Ranch is in a remote location and we cannot depend on drop-ins to fill space. Consequently, we must be strict about cancellations and changes.
Any change made to a reservation will incur a $50 service charge per change to the reservation.
A cancellation fee applies to all reservations.
- If you cancel your reservation more than 60 days before your arrival date, you will be charged a processing fee of $100. Any remaining amount paid will be refunded to you.
- If you cancel your reservation more than 30 but less than 60 days before your arrival date, you will forfeit 50% of the cost of your deposit.
- Changes or cancellations made less than 30 days before your arrival date are subject to forfeit the entire deposit.
Cleaning Fee: There is a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee for the Ranch House and any rental that includes the Ranch House.
Security Damage Deposit: A security damage deposit may be collected and refundable within two weeks of the Check Out Date, provided no deductions are made due to damage, dirt of other mess requiring excessive cleaning or other cost incurred during visitor stay.
TOT Tax: There is a 10% Accommodation Tax for the Ranch House and rental that includes the Ranch House.
The Ranch is located eight miles upstream of the confluence of the South and the main fork of the Smith River. The South Fork Road winds its way up the river canyon and is a two lane paved road all the way to Rock Creek Ranch .
There is ample parking in the vicinity of the Ranch House for groups of twenty or less. Please do not block the circular access road. For Outdoor Use Area visitors, please use the parking area near the entrance gate and the road into the OUA. No parking is allowed at the Majesty Pool overlook.
Ranch House Sleeping Accommodations
During the summer, many visitors enjoy sleeping outside on the large deck or in various flat places across the 175-acre property. Inside accommodations include: one queen bed (private room); one double bed (private room); one bunk bed with two twin beds; two twin beds (private room); two queen size futons (shared space/den/Dooley room) and one futon (living room).
Off the Grid
There is no utility service at the Ranch. We generate our own electricity through a Sustainable Power Station, which was developed in cooperation with the Humboldt State U. Environmental Engineering Department and the Schatz Energy Research Center. Click here for more information about this exciting project. While we do have electricity, we also strongly discourage certain appliances, which require extensive amounts of energy — such as hair dryers, electric coffee pots, and waffle irons.
The Ranch has two cooking facilities. One is located at the Ranch house and the other is at the Outdoor Use Area under a roof, but open to the air (also known as the Long House).
The Ranch house has a vintage gas stove and refrigeration. Pots and pans are an eclectic mix. There are plates and silverware to serve 20-30 people. If you have favorite kitchen utensils (such as a special knife), you may want to bring them with you.
The Outdoor Use Area has two two-burner propane stoves (but no oven). Please bring your own coolers and ice.
From June through August the Smith’s water temperature ranges from 62—70 degrees. Many guests bring snorkel and mask to enable them to see the cutthroat trout that live in the Majesty pool. The Emerald Pool is best for families and children.
Fishing is legendary on the Smith! River running is excellent, especially in the spring; hiking is great year-round; and swimming is best during the summer. Explore your options!
During the summer is is essential to ask the Rock Creek Caretaker if camp fires are permitted during your stay. The Ranch is located in the Smith River NRA – part of the Six Rivers National Forest. The Outdoor Use Area has a fire pit on the terrace below the Long House. Due to extreme (summer) fire risk, we do not allow “Tiki” torches, candles or other open flames of any kind outside.
The Ranch House has a heating system and two wood stoves. Each year we split and stack several cords of wood and kindling. Split wood is located behind the ranch house—visitors should participate in toting the daily supply into the house. If unfamiliar with the operation of the wood stove please ask for training.
Please turn lights off when not in use. We make all of our own power at the ranch.
The water coming out of the kitchen tap at the Ranch House and the Long House is treated by a water filter (when a lever is activated). Use this as your source of drinking water. If you prefer to drink spring water, one is located four miles up the South Fork Road and is located at the west end of the Steven Bridge.
The Ranch has a supply of towels and bedding. You may bring your own linen and/or sleeping bags if you wish.
We have one phone for emergency use (707 954-0254). There is an Internet connection available for guest use (no streaming) and no reception for cell phones. The closest pay phone/cell reception is in Hiouchi on Highway 199 in front of the convenience store.
The Ranch composts food scraps (non-meat) to create compost for the garden. You’ll find a plastic container on the kitchen counter for temporary holding of compost materials. Please empty this at least daily (so we aren’t attracting ants) to the composter located behind the house near the small garden shed. Do not add fatty foods like meat, cheese or bread to the compost bins.
Rock Creek Ranch is a non-smoking establishment.
Where is the closest grocery store?
Rock Creek Ranch is located within the Smith River National Recreation Area (NRA) far from modern conveniences; there are a few things you may need to know as you prepare for your visit. RCR is 15 minutes from the Hiouchi Hamlet (convenience store with some groceries), and it is 30 minutes from Crescent City, which has several grocery stores.
What is the road like?
The Ranch is located eight miles upstream of the confluence of the South and the main fork of the Smith River. The South Fork Road winds its way up the river canyon and is now a two lane paved road all the way to RCR.
Are dogs and other pets allowed?
Sorry. Other than animals in service, pets are not allowed on the property.
Can I come take a tour and just look around?
Unfortunately, we do not offer guided public tours. To preserve the sanctity of the visitor experience, self-guided tours and walkabouts are not allowed.
What time can I check in?
Feel free to arrive any time after 3 pm; access to facilities is after 4 pm.
Will my cell phone work at Rock Creek Ranch?
Rock Creek Ranch is located approximately ten miles from “civilization,” and there is currently no cell coverage at the property. This isolation and tranquility, while deepening the experience of your stay, can also be a significant change. While there is no cell service, there is an emergency phone in the Ranch House.
Can I bring my trailer?
Sorry. We are unable to accommodate trailers because of their size and we have no hook-ups. We do have parking available for cars and vehicle sized campers – but no dedicated location for trailers.
How do I get to Rock Creek Ranch? How far is it from the nearest airport?
Rock Creek Ranch is approximately thirty minutes from Crescent City Airport (CEC), 2 hours from the Arcata Airport (ACV), and 2 hours and twenty minutes from the Medford Airport (MFR).
Does Rock Creek Ranch have electricity?
There is no utility service at the Ranch. We generate our own electricity through a Sustainable Power Station, which was developed in cooperation with the Humboldt State U. Environmental Engineering Department and the Schatz Energy Research Center. You can visit the following link (http://now.humboldt.edu/news/students-propel-renewable-energy/) for more information about this exciting project. While we do have electricity, we also strongly discourage certain appliances, which require extensive amounts of energy — such as hair dryers, electric coffee pots, and waffle irons.
Can I have a campfire at Rock Creek Ranch?
Ask the Caretaker when you arrive if the current conditions allow a camp fire. The Ranch is located in the Smith River NRA – a unit of the Six Rivers National Forest. We do have a fire pit on the terrace below the Long House. Due to extreme (summer) fire risk, we do not allow “Tiki” torches, candles or other open flames of any kind outside.