Check-in time is 4 PM.  You are welcome to arrive by 3 PM the day of your reservation—but do not expect access to the house and facilities until 4 PM.


Checkout time is 12 PM.  This means that all possessions must be removed from the building and any clean-up chores must be completed by that time.  You may use the facilities (deck and beach) until 2 PM.


A deposit is required to secure your reservation.

There is a two-night minimum, three-night minimum on holiday weekends.

Del Norte County has a Transient Occupancy Tax which is applied to overnight stays at the ranch house.  The rate is 10%.

A cleaning or damage deposit is 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.


There is a $50 charge for each reservation change.

Cancellations less than 30 days prior to first day of reservation will result in forfeit of deposit. 


The Ranch is located eight miles upstream of the intersection of Highway 199 and the South Fork Road.  The South Fork Road winds its way up the river canyon and is a good paved two-lane road to Rock Creek Ranch.

Rock Creek Ranch (175 acres) is owned and managed by the Smith River Alliance (SRA) – a conservation group working to protect and restore the Smith watershed.


There is no utility service at the Ranch. We generate our own electricity through a Sustainable Power Station. RCR is “off-the-grid” and makes its own electricity.  Laptops and cell phones are discouraged.  Since we make the power that we use, certain appliances are not allowed— such as hair dryers, electric coffee pots, and waffle irons because of the vast energy required for their operation.


Put all food away each night. Please leave the facilities as clean (or cleaner!) than you find them.  This means a clean kitchen (no dirty dishes) and remove all of your garbage and recycling. A cleaning deposit will be collected from each group in advance of their stay.


PLEASE REMOVE ALL GARBAGE AND RECYCLING WHEN YOU DEPART.  It should be bagged and taken with you.  Garbage may be taken to the Hiouchi Hamlet in Hiouchi during their business hours (and discarded in the dumpster at the back of the building).  Pleaselet Hamlet staff know that you have garbage from the Rock Creek Ranch.  Please recycle what you can.  Local recycling and garbage service is available at the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority’s Transfer Station on 1700 State Street off of Elk Valley Road in Crescent City (707 465-1100).


The Ranch house has a full kitchen with a refrigerator and gas stove and the Outdoor Use Area has four gas burners, bring coolers to store your food in need of cooling.. 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. (See Kitchen Outfitting).


Two wood stoves and a propane furnace are available to heat the Ranch house. If you are unfamiliar with the operation of wood stoves please ask the caretaker for instruction.


The parking near the ranch house if for groups staying in the house.  Please do not block the circular access road.  For larger groups and groups using the Outdoor Use Area, please use the parking area near the entrance gates and off the main circle.


We are unable to accommodate pets. Service animals with documentation are welcome.


This is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is not permitted inside any building.


We have an emergency use telephone (707 954-0254).There is no fax or Internet connection available for visitor use and no reception for cell phones.  The closest pay phone/cell service is in Hiouchi on Highway 199 in front of the convenience store.


Please do not leave food for bears or other wildlife.  Our fishing policy is that visitors staying at the Ranch must have a fishing license and abide by all applicable regulations.  Fishing is catch and release only.  Verbal permission is required for those not staying at the Ranch.

Our insurance requires that we have a zero-tolerance policy for possession and use firearms, sling-shots or any other device that may be used to harm birds and wildlife.